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Pediatrics. 2014 Feb;133(2):e443-6. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-1831. Epub 2014 Jan 13.

Prolonged atrial fibrillation precipitated by new-onset seizures and marijuana abuse.

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Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Abstract

We report a case of prolonged atrial fibrillation (AF) precipitated by new-onset generalized tonic-clonic convulsions and marijuana abuse in a developmentally normal 18-year-old adolescent with a structurally normal heart. Our case highlights an interesting association and a unique pathophysiology between generalized tonic-clonic convulsions, marijuana abuse, and AF. We suggest that seizures and marijuana abuse should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the etiology of AF in children.

KEYWORDS:

PICU; adolescents; arrhythmia; drug abuse; seizures

PMID:
24420812
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2013-1831
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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