Letter by Stöllberger and Finsterer Regarding Article, “Mortality and Sudden Death in Pediatric Left Ventricular Noncompaction in a Tertiary Referral Center”
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With interest we read the article by Brescia et al1 about mortality and sudden death in 242 children with left ventricular hypertrabeculation/noncompaction (LVHT). During a median follow-up period of 4 years cardiac dysfunction, repolarization abnormalities, arrhythmias, and presentation within the first year of life (infantile LVHT) were identified as risk factors for death or transplantation. Whereas some of these risk factors are similar to adult LVHT-patients,2,3 several issues should be clarified.
Why were patients with congenital heart disease excluded? LVHT has been frequently reported in association with congenital heart disease, even in the first description of LVHT by Grant in …