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27 Jul 2007

Hi Doc, Please would you let us know if low muscle tone can be caused/related to, our childs existing SVT heart condition? When she was diagnosed with bad SVT at 5 weeks we realised she was not getting oxygen to her body. Been to Physio's and OT's. Slight improvement in balance but not speech.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tony

Thank you for visiting

This condition has a multitude of symptoms and is quite common in small children. It is often associated with cyanosis, fatique, as well as lightheadedness, due to hypotension of rapid heart rate. It will also cause low muscle tone, due to the factors mentioned.

Treatment usually consists of supplementary oxygen, pulse oximetry and cardiac monitoring. Unstable patients can be treated with synchronized cardioversion. Stable patients, in infants or young children, a bag of ice and water, should be applied to the face. This breaks tachycardia in 30 to 60% of patients.

Medication that will normally be prescribed is Adenosine, Verapomil, Procainamide and Amiodarone.

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger
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