Pediatric Ventricular Fibrillation Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jan 29, 2015
  • Author: Elizabeth A Stephenson, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Howard S Weber, MD, FSCAI  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Important considerations

A child with susceptibility to ventricular fibrillation (particularly, a child resuscitated from ventricular fibrillation) and continued potential susceptibility to ventricular fibrillation substrates should be aggressively treated.

Treatment should include a comprehensive pediatric electrophysiology evaluation and probable AICD implantation.

Guidelines of expert consensus from the AHA and the American College of Cardiology provide general recommendations regarding adult and pediatric patients in whom AICD implantation may be indicated.

Other problems to be considered

Also consider asystole and electrocardiographic artifact (electrode/lead failure) in patients with suspected ventricular fibrillation.

Differential Diagnoses