Tip 82: supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)

Presentation varies from antenatal hydrops and tachycardia, neonatal heart failure within the first 12-24 hours, to being asymptomatic.

The termination of SVT is usually easily achieved by vagal manoeuvres or intravenous adenosine. Unusually DC shock is needed, especially with evidence of cardiovascular compromise.

Reference: Kothari, D.S., Skinner J.R., 2006. Neonatal tachycardias: an update. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed; 91(2): F136-144.

Previously published: 07/04/14, 06/o3/15

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