Atrioventricular block in a toxic child: do not forget diphtheria

Pediatr Cardiol. May-Jun 2000;21(3):282-3. doi: 10.1007/s002460010062.


We describe a 4.5-year-old girl who presented with severe febrile throat infection and who, after a few days, developed ventricular tachycardia followed by atrioventricular block. Although a pacemaker was inserted, she died of cardiogenic shock. Throat cultures were positive for Corynebacterium diphtheriae.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Diphtheria / complications*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Heart Block / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Myocarditis / microbiology
  • Shock, Cardiogenic / microbiology