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Flecainide induced ventricular fibrillation in a neonate
  1. F Ackland,
  2. R Singh,
  3. S Thayyil
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Sudhin Thayyil, 4 High Laws, Castles Farm Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RQ, UK;

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Broad complex tachycardias and exercise induced QRS widening may be a rare proarrhythmic effect of flecainide.1–3 We report a case of a newborn with supraventricular tachycardia who developed broad complex ventricular tachycardia and fatal ventricular fibrillation after being treated with flecainide.


The baby was born by emergency lower segment caesarean section for fetal tachycardia at 38 weeks of gestation. Birth …

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