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Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in children
  1. Elizabeth S DeWitt,
  2. Dominic J Abrams
  1. Division of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dominic J Abrams, Division Cardiac Electrophysiology, Department of Cardiology, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA; dominic.abrams{at}


Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have become an integral component in the management of children with life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias complicating a variety of different inherited and congenital cardiovascular conditions. Implantation often requires novel approaches and configurations to overcome the size and anatomic limitations posed by many children needing ICDs. While their use has undoubtedly saved many lives, ICD use may be associated with significant morbidity, so detailed case selection and individualised postimplant programming is critical.

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical Procedures

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