Complete heart block in thalassemia major: a case report


Kucukosmanoglu O., Ozbarlas N., Sasmaz I.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.44, no.3, pp.261-262, 2002 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.261-262

Abstract

Cardiac complications of iron overload are the most common cause of death in patients with thalassemia major. These complications include recurrent pericarditis, refractory congestive heart failure and rhythm disorders. The usual rhythm disturbances are supraventricular or ventricular premature contractions and first-or second-degree heart block. Complete heart block is a very rare complication of thalassemia major. Herein, we report a case of complete heart block with thalassemia major. The patient also had serious congestive heart failure. Management of the heart block with pacemaker brought no clinical improvement, and she died in the second month of hospitalization.