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Arch Dis Child. 2015 Jan;100(1):54-5. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-306949. Epub 2014 Oct 14.

Handstands: a treatment for supraventricular tachycardia?

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Emergency Department, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, UK.


Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the most common symptomatic tachyarrhythmia in childhood. Treatment involves vagal manoeuvres, pharmacological agents or electrical cardioversion. We report a child with recurrent SVT secondary to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome who is consistently able to revert her SVT by doing a handstand. This case highlights a simple non-invasive technique for the treatment of SVT.


Accident & Emergency; Cardiology; Paediatric Practice

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