Terminal arrhythmia in a patient with Mustard's operation
In spite of significant improvements in outcome, adults surviving the Mustard procedure continue to be at risk of premature death, cardiac failure, and arrhythmias. Primary ventricular fibrillation as a cause of sudden death in these patients may not be uncommon, and implantation of a defibrillator should be considered, particularly if there is systemic ventricular dysfunction and pre-existing heart block.(Accepted December 23 2006)
Key Words: Atrial redirection procedure; sudden death; ventricular fibrillation.
c1 Correspondence to: Dr A. Graham Stuart, Congenital Cardiac Unit, United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, BS2 8BJ, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 117 342 8852; Fax: +44 117 342 8857; E-mail: Graham.Stuart@ubht.swest.nhs.uk