What are the physical findings characteristic of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome in children?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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Many young patients appear may present with resting tachycardia on physical examination, with only minimal symptoms (eg, palpitations, weakness, mild dizziness) despite exceedingly fast heart rates. Upon physical examination, the patient may be cool, diaphoretic, and hypotensive. Crackles in the lungs are common because the rapid heart rate may cause pulmonary vascular congestion due to CHF.


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