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Paroxysmal tachycardia in an infant the fourth day of life—Recovery with digitalis

Authors
Journal
The Journal of Pediatrics
0022-3476
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
26
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3476(45)80107-5

Abstract

Summary Paroxysmal auricular and nodal tachycardia in the newborn is recognized by a heart rate of over 180 per minute and is most safely treated with digitalis. Good response was obtained with 1/2 cat unit followed in four hours by 1/4 cat unit in an infant weighing nine pounds four ounces. One cat unit is the upper limit of the safe amount to give a newborn infant. Five older children with this condition failed to show the tendency of the newborn to persistent high rate and congestive failure.

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