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Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), being atrioventricular reentry the underlying mechanism, is the most frequently tachyarrhythmia requiring a medical treatment in infants with no cardiac disease. The acute treatment of a single episode of SVT has generally an excellent prognosis. An antiarrhythmic prophylaxis of SVT recurrences is usually recommended(More)
The echocardiogram is the preferred procedure in confirming the diagnosis and characterizing PDA. Doppler echocardiography proved more efficient than clinical examination in grading PDA and becomes essential in the evaluation of clinically significant ductal shunting. Four patterns of PDA shunt can be identified using pulsed Doppler echocardiography:(More)
BACKGROUND In our Pediatric Cardiology Unit we have implemented a number of specific interventions in order to support parents and their children who have congenital heart disease. We paid particular attention about how communicating the diagnosis and how supporting psychologically the parents. METHODS In order to check the validity of these interventions(More)
INTRODUCTION Morgagni's congenital diaphragmatic defect is a rare malformation, the diagnosis of which, as in our case report, may be problematic. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of this kind of hernia presenting with signs and symptoms of severe cardiac malformation. CASE PRESENTATION We report the case of a three-month-old(More)
The aim of our study was to create an operative scheme for conveying a pathological diagnosis with emphasis on communication strategies. In order to check the validity of the scheme, parents of 122 of our patients were contacted by an outside observer and were asked to answer anonymously to a questionnaire concerning their experience in our unit. The(More)
BACKGROUND A multidisciplinary study group was established to review and approve the informed consent froms in Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. METHODS The work was carried out in several stages, starting with an analysis of what was already in use in several Italian Centers. Subsequently, shared forms for pediatric cardiac surgery and(More)
The accidental finding of a giant left ventricular rhabdomyoma in a female infant with no tuberous sclerosis is described herein. This is the first report of a huge cardiac rhabdomyoma occluding the left ventricular cavity, which was not associated with tuberous sclerosis. The clinical management of the baby and the difficult therapeutical choices involved(More)