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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009 Jul;32 Suppl 2:S67-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2009.02388.x.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator criteria for primary and secondary prevention of pediatric sudden cardiac death.

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Department of Cardiology, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


The implantable cardioverter defibrillator is established as life-saving in specific adult populations. However, the precise indications and criteria for defibrillator implantation in children are less well defined. This article provides a succinct review of the indications and implantation criteria in pediatric populations at risk for sudden cardiac death, including specific disease substrates such as cardiomyopathies, inherited arrhythmias, and congenital heart disease.

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