Cardiology in the Young



Brief Report

QT prolongation in the newborn and maternal alcoholism


Thomas Krasemann a1c1
a1 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University Children’s Hospital Muenster, Muenster, Germany

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Abstract

I discuss a newborn whose mother is addicted to alcohol. On the third day of life, the newborn was found to have ventricular tachycardia. After spontaneous termination of the abnormal rhythm, the duration of the corrected QT interval was 0.48 s. During the next days, the duration of the interval normalized, and has now remained stable for 5 years. I conclude that the so-called “alcohol withdrawal syndrome of the newborn” might cause postnatal prolongation of the QT interval.

(Accepted April 26 2004)


Key Words: Electrocardiography; corrected QT interval; ventricular tachycardia.

Correspondence:
c1 Correspondence to: Thomas Krasemann MD, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University Children’s Hospital Muenster, Albert-Schweitzer-Strasse 33, D-48149 Muenster, Germany. Tel: +49 251 8347773; Fax: +49 251 8347765; E-mail: kraseman@uni-muenster.de