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Case Reports
Published online: 2016-03-01
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Teenager lost consciousness in the street

Sebastian Ciemny, Joanna Kwiatkowska, Tomasz Królak, Maciej Kempa
DOI: 10.5603/FC.2016.0008
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Folia Cardiologica 2016;11(1):61-65.

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Vol 11, No 1 (2016)
Case Reports
Published online: 2016-03-01

Abstract

A 15-year-old boy fell down unconscious in the street. Witnesses called an ambulance and have started resuscitation. The rescue team arrived in a few minutes and diagnosis of cardiac arrest in the course of ventricular fibrillation was established. After third defibrillation and administration of adrenaline intravenously, sinus rhythm returned and the patient was transported to the hospital to the intensive care unit. The coronary angiography revealed no anomalies in the coronary arteries. He needed 12-day respiratory therapy due to respiratory failure. Afterwards he was transferred to the Department of Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Defects for further diagnostics and treatment evaluation. According to the medical records he has been under the cardiological care since early childhood due to the diagnosis of Ebstein anomaly. Looking for a treatable cause of cardiac arrest invasive electrophysiological study (EPS) was performed. The study did not reveal any accessory atrioventricular pathway and during the study non-sustained ventricular tachycardia consisting of 13 beats was triggered. Due to the lack of treatable causes of ventricular fibrillation the patient received cardioverter-defibrillator as a secondary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest.

Abstract

A 15-year-old boy fell down unconscious in the street. Witnesses called an ambulance and have started resuscitation. The rescue team arrived in a few minutes and diagnosis of cardiac arrest in the course of ventricular fibrillation was established. After third defibrillation and administration of adrenaline intravenously, sinus rhythm returned and the patient was transported to the hospital to the intensive care unit. The coronary angiography revealed no anomalies in the coronary arteries. He needed 12-day respiratory therapy due to respiratory failure. Afterwards he was transferred to the Department of Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Defects for further diagnostics and treatment evaluation. According to the medical records he has been under the cardiological care since early childhood due to the diagnosis of Ebstein anomaly. Looking for a treatable cause of cardiac arrest invasive electrophysiological study (EPS) was performed. The study did not reveal any accessory atrioventricular pathway and during the study non-sustained ventricular tachycardia consisting of 13 beats was triggered. Due to the lack of treatable causes of ventricular fibrillation the patient received cardioverter-defibrillator as a secondary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest.

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Keywords

fainting, cardiac arrest, children

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Title

Teenager lost consciousness in the street

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 11, No 1 (2016)

Pages

61-65

Published online

2016-03-01

DOI

10.5603/FC.2016.0008

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2016;11(1):61-65.

Keywords

fainting
cardiac arrest
children

Authors

Sebastian Ciemny
Joanna Kwiatkowska
Tomasz Królak
Maciej Kempa

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