Cost effectiveness of neonatal ECG screening for the long QT syndrome.

@article{VanHare2007CostEO,
  title={Cost effectiveness of neonatal ECG screening for the long QT syndrome.},
  author={George F Van Hare and James C. Perry and Charles I. Berul and John K. Triedman},
  journal={European heart journal},
  year={2007},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={
          137; author reply137-9
        }
}
We read with interest the recent article by Quaglini et al. in the European Heart Journal, concerning cost efficacy of proposed neonatal ECG screening for long QT syndrome. We all agree that undiagnosed cases of LQTS likely play a role of as yet undetermined magnitude in sudden death in very young children, including sudden infant death syndrome. A similar study has been previously published. We have some concerns, however, which we would like to voice. We are sceptical concerning the issue of… 
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