The Utilization of an Insertable Cardiac Monitor in a Child With Pallid Breath-Holding Spells

Shai Tejman-Yarden*, Bruria Ben-Zeev, Yuval Goldshmit, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Assi Cicurel, Uriel Katz, David Mishali, Michael Glikson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Background Pacing can be a successful treatment for pallid breath-holding spells, primarily in individuals with severe bradycardia. Patient Description We describe an 18-month-old girl experiencing severe pallid breath-holding spells in whom repeated electrocardiographic, Holter, and electroencephalographic monitoring tests were all normal. Results Using a subcutaneous insertable cardiac monitor, severe bradycardia was detected during one of this girl's episodes. This finding led to a pacemaker implantation. Subsequently, her breath-holding spells completely resolved. Conclusion This child illustrates the ability of the insertable cardiac monitor to help and diagnose arrhythmias in children with unresolved clinical findings. The ability to implant it with a minimal scar makes it ideal for uncooperative individuals with relative few and unexpected episodes that are hard to diagnose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-82
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume64
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bradycardia
  • breath-holding spells
  • cardiac pacemaker

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