Aa
A
A
A
Close
Pediatric Heart Forum
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Avatar universal

RSV Cardiac arrest

Can Rsv cause cardiac arrest in a child who has past myocarditis? My son had viral myocarditis at 7 months and got rsv at 2 two weeks later passed away. And with his passed medical history should they have done something different like check his heart?
1 Responses
773637 tn?1327446915
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Dear Laura Lee,

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a virus that can cause significant pulmonary as well as cardiac damage.  Without having further information about your son, I can't say exactly what happened with him.  I can say that myocarditis, which in children is typically due to a viral infection, causes damage to the heart most likely from both the virus itself as well as the body's immune response.  Some children tolerate myocarditis and recover; others can have irreparable damage.  To be fair, myocarditis is not preventable, as far as we know.  RSV infection, while preventable with giving a therapy called Synagis, is not indicated for patients with previous myocarditis.  And, once contracted, is very difficult to treat.  

By the tone of your second question, I would recommend that, if you have questions about performance of a medical team, this is not the venue to discuss it.
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Fearing autism, many parents aren't vaccinating their kids. Can doctors reverse this dangerous trend?
Is a gluten-free diet right for you?
We answer your top questions about the flu vaccine.
Learn which over-the-counter medicines are safe for you and your baby
Yummy eats that will keep your child healthy and happy
Healing home remedies for common ailments