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Aborted Sudden Cardiac Death in Adolescent

Sharma, Jayendra MD, FACC*; Friedman, Elliot MD; Khan, Saquiba MD; Pelczar, Joseph MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318216b30c
Illustrative Cases

Sudden cardiac death is rare in children and adolescents but accounts for 19% to 30% of sudden deaths until 21 years of age. Fatal ventricular arrhythmias are usual common pathways in such tragic events, and underlying etiologies include cardiac ion channelopathies in majority of cases. We present a case of aborted sudden cardiac death in field, resuscitated successfully, and a clinical event in the pediatric emergency department that led to the diagnosis of the underlying rare condition.

From the Divisions of *Pediatric Cardiology and †Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Jamaica, NY.

Reprints: Jayendra Sharma, MD, FACC, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiology Suite, First Floor, 8900, Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica, NY 11418 (e-mail:

The authors do not have any conflict of interest and did not receive any support from elsewhere for this brief report.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.