Affected children present with chest pain or chest tightness accompanied with dyspnoea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea and palpitations. These symptoms may be accompanied by light headedness and dizziness, and sometimes the child may faint during an acute attack.
Other signs and symptoms may include pallor, irritability, tachypnoea and slight behavioural changes. Once the tachycardia episode is over, symptoms may disappear and the affected individual may return to normal
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These arrhythmias are typically not life-threatening but can lead to symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, fatigue, dizziness, or fainting spells. [houstoncardiovascular.com]
They include palpitations, lightheadedness or dizziness, and extreme fatigue. Episodes usually last from a few minutes to several hours. [verywellhealth.com]
At the onset of her sophomore year under a new coach, the patient occasionally experienced fatigue, light-headedness, dyspnea, and chest discomfort with athletic practice. [journals.lww.com]
If you are symptomatic, symptoms of mild to moderate Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can include: Heart palpitations (rapid heartbeat) Fainting Fatigue Anxiety Shortness of breath The rapid heartbeat associated with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can last [mercy.com]
This can precede unconsciousness or syncope. WPW can only be diagnosed with the help of an ECG. This shows the heart rhythm and the pathway of electrical excitation in the form of a curve. [cardiosecur.com]
This man became unconscious during jogging. In the emergency department, he was found to be in cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation that was successfully cardioverted only after six shocks of up to 300 J. [doi.org]
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of three algorithms in predicting accessory pathway locations in adult patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in Turkish population. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Following administration of diltiazem by EMS, he felt worse and had nausea and vomiting. This intense vomiting then led to conversion to normal sinus rhythm with obvious pre-excitation. Troponin on admission was elevated. [onlinejacc.org]
For example, verapamil and diltiazem can cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, and fatigue. All of these side effects can significantly diminish one's execution during physical activity. [journals.lww.com]
"Depending on where you were you could have problems like nausea and vomiting or diarrhea," she said. "In an earthquake, suppose someone had a crushed foot or a finger amputation. Suppose you were the one with knowledge and had to direct everyone." [pleasantonweekly.com]
Exophthalmos (bulging eyes) Eye cancer Eye floaters Eye infection (herpes) Eye injuries Eye tests for children Eyelid problems Back to top F Fabricated or induced illness Face blindness Fainting Falls Farting (flatulence) Febrile seizures Feeling sick (nausea [nhs.uk]
The most common diagnosis found in the survey was ventricular tachycardia/broad QRS-complex tachycardia marked by approximately a half of the participants. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
AV re-entry tachycardia, or circus movement tachycardia: The accessory pathway only conducts in a retrograde manner and the condition remains latent until triggered. [web.archive.org]
This type of tachycardia is called antidromic tachycardia. On ECG, the QRS is wide, reflecting an exaggeration of the delta wave during sinus rhythm (ie, wide-QRS tachycardia). [emedicine.com]
A 44-year-old woman with no medical history presented to the emergency department with a 2 h history of sudden onset chest pressure, palpitations, diaphoresis and shortness of breath. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Palpitations are, however, the main symptom of WPW. Some people may find these palpitations untroubling, but in others they may cause chest pain, light-headedness and even blackouts. [c-r-y.org.uk]
- Heart Disease
Type A Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome was most common (49%), with heart disease occurring in only 5% of these patients. In contrast, heart disease was identified in 45% of those with type B syndrome. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
heart disease–1 case; 4) familial cardiomegaiy–2 cases; and 5) disease of the central nervous system–5 cases. [pediatrics.aappublications.org]
- Chest Pain
Chest pain is not an uncommon complaint among adolescents; however, it often leads them to seek emergency medical care. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Pansystolic Murmur
Cardiac auscultation revealed a grade 2/6 pansystolic murmur over the left lower sternal border. Twelve-lead electrocardiography showed sinus rhythm at a rate of 76 beats/min, with a significant delta wave. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Proximal Muscle Weakness
From age 27 years, he developed proximal muscle weakness predominantly of the lower limbs, a positive Gower sign, and a waddling gait. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
It is caused by mutations in the LAMP2 that produce proximal muscle weakness and mild atrophy, left ventricle hypertrophy, WPW syndrome, and mental retardation. Patients with the Ebstein anomaly may develop WPW syndrome. [emedicine.com]
- Positive Gower's Sign
The diagnosis of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is typically reserved for patients who experience ventricular pre-excitation and symptoms that are related to paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, such as chest pain, dyspnea, dizziness, palpitations [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Surgery If a person starts to experience dizziness or palpitations, they should see a doctor. Sometimes, a person may need more invasive procedures to prevent future episodes. [medicalnewstoday.com]
- Gowers Sign
- Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizure
A 10-year-old girl presented to the emergency department of a regional hospital with 1 episode of generalized tonic-clonic seizures. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Waddling Gait
- Psychomotor Regression
We report an 18-month-old girl, with an 11-month history of psychomotor regression who was diagnosed with WPW syndrome and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, in association with Leigh syndrome. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Diagnosis of WPW syndrome can not be made without a complete work up first. After a detailed history and physical examination, the following tests should be conducted to rule out any other cause.
- Complete blood count
- Liver Function Tests
- Thyroid Panel
- Chest X-ray
- Series ECG monitoring
- Electrophysiologic Studies (EPS)
- Inverted P Wave
Therefore, a circuit is established, being seen as a tachycardia, with normal QRS but with inverted P waves (because of retrograde atrial activation). [web.archive.org]
Inverted P waves may be visible deforming the ST segment indicating that atrial depolarisation occurs later than ventricular depolarisation. [emj.bmj.com]
Treatment consists of medication with radiofrequency ablation or open heart surgery.
In acute cases of arrhythmia, procainamide or amiodarone are the drugs of choice. Adenosine may also be given. Digoxin and calcium channel clockers should be avoided because they block the normal AV node and promote abnormal conduction in the accessory pathway.
It is the first line of therapy in symptomatic patients and is curative. A wire (electrode catheter) is advanced into the heart from large blood vessels and positioned within the chambers of the heart using fluoroscopy. After the accessory pathway is localised, radio frequency energy is delivered to the area to destroy or 'ablate' the accessory pathway, preventing it from conducting impulses .
An open heart surgery may be performed to disconnect the pathway through which supraventricular excitations pass in WPW syndrome. The success rate for surgical ablation is close to 100% and the complication rate is low. However, radiofrequency ablation is a less invasive option; as a result, surgery is now rarely performed .
If correctly diagnosed and appropriately treated, the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome has an excellent prognosis. The success rate of treatment is almost 100%.
Asymptomatic patients generally have the best prognosis and symptomatic patients that are appropriately treated also achieve a long healthy life. However, some patients have a family history of arrhythmias or they may have other heart defects in which case, the prognosis becomes negatively affected.
Although periods of tachycardia are not life threatening, patients can develop serious heart problems . Complications include trauma due to fainting, heart failure, hypotension, surgical complications, other arrhythmias like ventricular fibrillation (VF), etc.
The genesis of reentrant supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) involves the presence of dual conducting pathways between the atria and the ventricles . These accessory pathways such as the bundle of Kent, allow reentry of impulses resulting in arrhythmias.
It may be inherited as a familial trait, with or without associated congenital heart defects . The inheritance pattern is autosomal dominant, but in some extremely rare cases, it can be a result of mitochondrial inheritance. Mutations in the gamma 2 subunits of AMP activated protein kinase (PRKAG2), a protein kinase enzyme, encoded by the PRKAG2 gene  result in cardiomyopathies characterised by WPW syndrome, AV blocks and ventricular hypertrophy.
In rare cases, certain tumors present around the AV node or along the AV pathway and may cause WPW syndrome.
Incidence and Prevalence
The prevalence of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is between 0.1% and 0.3% in the general population . Among these, sudden cardiac death is rare with an incidence of less than 0.6% .
WPW syndrome commonly exhibits bimodal presentation, occurring either in infancy or between 5 to 15 years of age. It is rare in old age and in fact, incidence of WPW syndrome decreases with increase in age.
Studies reveal a predisposition in males, with the male to female ratio somewhere around 2:1. A 3.5 fold higher prevalence in boys and young men was also shown by another study.
WPW syndrome exhibits no known predisposition to any race or demographic.
- Shortened PR interval
- Delta wave- which is the 'slurring' of the QRS complex is a characteristic finding.
According to the type of tachycardia and ECG changes produced and well as the pathway of reentry, WPW syndrome can be subdivided into three types:
In this type, the ventricles are depolarised through the AV node and accessory pathway. It produces a shortened PR interval and delta waves.
It is the most common type of tachycardia in WPW syndrome. The reentry circuit passes antegradely through the AV node and retrogradely through the accessory pathway, producing a narrow complex tachycardia like a SVT. Sometimes, the QRS complex may be normal, delta waves may be absent and p waves may be typically inverted on lateral and inferior leads.
Pre-Excitatory Atrial Fibrillation/Antidromic Tachycardia
In this type, ventricles are largely depolarised by the accessory pathway producing an irregular, broad complex tachycardia. It is the most rare type occurring in only 5% of cases and can be easily confused with ventricular tachycardias.
Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome is a heart condition in which there is an abnormal extra electrical pathway of the heart . It is defined as an ECG pattern sometimes associated with paroxysmal tachycardia. It consists of a short PR interval (usually 0.1 second or less;occasionally normal) together with a prolonged QRS complex with a slurred initial component (delta wave) .
WPW syndrome is one of the most common causes of tachycardia in infants and children. It is due to a congenital defect in the excitatory circuit pathway of the heart and can be successfully treated with ablation.
If an infant appears to resist feeding, becomes cyanotic or pale with an apparent strain on breathing and becomes irritable, the infant should be immediately checked for WPW syndrome. A child old enough to express himself may complain of chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, lethargy and difficulty in breathing during episodes of tachycardia.
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