Cardiac monitoring and treatment for children and adolescents with neuromuscular disorders

Title

Cardiac monitoring and treatment for children and adolescents with neuromuscular disorders

Creator

English KM; Gibbs JL

Publisher

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology

Date

2006

Subject

PedPal Lit; Adolescent Age of Onset Arrhythmia/diagnosis/etiology Cardiomyopathy; Dilated/diagnosis/etiology Cardiomyopathy; Duchenne/complications Muscular Dystrophy; Emery-Dreifuss/complications Myotonic Dystrophy/complications; Hypertrophic/diagnosis/etiology Child Echocardiography Electrocardiography Friedreich Ataxia/complications Heart Diseases/diagnosis/etiology Humans Muscular Dystrophies/complications Muscular Dystrophy

Description

Dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and cardiac rhythm disturbances are important features of certain neuromuscular disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. This article summarizes the cardiac features seen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Becker muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy, Friedreich's ataxia, and Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. The optimal management of these cardiac features remains contentious, but increasingly these patients are referred for routine cardiological assessment in the absence of symptoms. This article examines the value of routine screening and drug interventions for cardiac complications in asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals with neuromuscular disorders. We recommend a pragmatic approach, actively looking for cardiac conditions which will benefit from early intervention, but avoiding routine screening for asymptomatic conditions in which there is no evidence of benefit from early intervention.
2006

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

231-5

Issue

3

Volume

48

Citation

English KM; Gibbs JL, “Cardiac monitoring and treatment for children and adolescents with neuromuscular disorders,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13647.

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