Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Diagnosis of Cor Triatriatum Sinistrum in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
- Author(s): Kehrl, Thompson
- Dagen, Callie T.
- Becker, Brent A.
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/westjem.2015.6.26093
Cardiac arrest in the adolescent population secondary to congenital heart disease (CHD) is rare. Focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in the emergency department (ED) can yield important clinical information, aid in resuscitative efforts during cardiac arrest and is commonly integrated into the evaluation of patients with pulseless electrical activity (PEA). We report a case of pediatric cardiac arrest in which FoCUS was used to diagnose a critical CHD known as cor triatriatum sinistrum as the likely cause for PEA cardiac arrest and help direct ED resuscitation.