Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in 5 months old Afro-Caribbean

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Case report

Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in 5 months old Afro-Caribbean

Sandra Williams-Phillips1*, MD, FESC, FAHA, FASE

1 Andrews Memorial Hospital, TAI Wing, 27 Hope Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica, West Indies

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Congenital paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in infants is a rare occurrence requiring a high index of suspicion. The majority have a pre-excitation syndrome which may be concealed. It may be associated with specific structural congenital cardiac lesions. This index case had only paroxysmal atrial tachyarrhythmia with no predisposing condition that subsided spontaneously and is the first case documented in an Afro-Caribbean infant.

Learning objective

This case report documents a rare paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in an infant with spontaneous remission. This has never been documented in the english medical literature in an Afro-Caribbean.

Imprint

Sandra Williams-Phillips. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in 5 months old Afro-Caribbean; Cardiometry; No.5; November 2014; p.66-70; DOI:10.12710/cardiometry.2014.5.6670 Available from: www.cardiometry.net/no5-november-2014/paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation

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