Vol. 21 - Num. 82
aMIR-Pediatría. Hospital Infantil Universitario La Paz. Madrid. España.
bServicio de Urgencias Pediátricas. Hospital Infantil Universitario La Paz. Madrid. España.
cServicio de Cardiología Pediátrica. Hospital Infantil Universitario La Paz. Madrid. España.
Correspondence: M Dorado. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference of this article: Dorado Criado M, Fabra Garrido C, Martín Sánchez J, Labrandero de Lera C, de Ceano-Vivas La Calle M. Heart failure in the emergency department: a diagnostic challenge. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2019;21:e77-e79.
Published in Internet: 19-06-2019
Heart failure is an uncommon pathology in medical pediatric consultations. The forms in which this disability is clinically expressed are diverse, however, in the adult patient it is often detected through classic symptoms such as dyspnea. In the case of the pediatric patient this spectrum of presentation is much wider and non-specific. The percentage of patients who are not correctly diagnosed at the first medical consultation amounts to 50%, receiving many of them antibiotic therapy after having been labelled as bacterial infection. Therefore, we present the case of a three-year-old child diagnosed with heart failure in our pediatric emergency department.
Keywords● Cardiomyopathy ● Heart failure ● Tachycardia
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