Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 189–193 | Cite as

Successful Implantation of an Intracardiac Defibrillator in an Infant With Long QT Syndrome and Isolated Noncompaction of the Ventricular Myocardium

  • Ozge Surmeli Onay
  • Isil Yildirim
  • Burcin Beken
  • Sevcan Erdem
  • Tevfik Karagoz
  • Mustafa Yilmaz
  • Sule Yigit
Case Report


Congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) is an inherited disorder characterized by QT prolongation and polymorphic ventricular tachycardia known as torsade de pointes. The underlying cellular mechanism is prolonged ventricular repolarization caused by mutations in genes encoding cardiac ion channels or membrane adaptors. The disease can be diagnosed at any age and, very rarely, it can be diagnosed prenatally or in the neonatal period. Isolated noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium (INCVM) is defined as the presence of prominent ventricular trabeculations and deep intertrabecular recesses within the endomyocardium. This report describes a newborn baby presenting with polymorphic ventricular tachycardia whose diagnosis was LQTS and INCVM. Ventricular tachycardia did not respond to medical treatment, and a transient epicardial pacemaker was inserted surgically on his 30th day of life for atrioventricular block and bradycardia. The transient epicardial pacemaker was upgraded to an epicardial intracardiac defibrillator on his 40th day. The concomitant occurrence of INCVM, LQTS, and atrioventricular block needs to be evaluated further.


Atrioventricular block ICD implantation Infant Isolated noncompaction of the ventricular myocardium Long QT syndrome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ozge Surmeli Onay
    • 1
  • Isil Yildirim
    • 2
  • Burcin Beken
    • 3
  • Sevcan Erdem
    • 4
  • Tevfik Karagoz
    • 2
  • Mustafa Yilmaz
    • 5
  • Sule Yigit
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Neonatology, Department of PediatricsHacettepe University, Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of PediatricsHacettepe University, Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PediatricsHacettepe University, Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey
  4. 4.Pediatric Cardiology UnitCukurova University, Faculty of MedicineAdanaTurkey
  5. 5.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryHacettepe University, Faculty of MedicineAnkaraTurkey

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