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Heart Failure and Neonatal Hypocalcaemia

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: (Published 14 October 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:76
  1. O. Troughton,
  2. S. P. Singh


    Six infants had congestive heart failure for which no cause could be found apart from a low serum calcium. All except one recovered completely and had normal chest x-ray appearances and E.C.G.s on discharge from hospital. Necropsy on the infant who died shoed engorgement and dilation of the right side of the heart and a small ductus but no other abnormalities. It is suggested that hypocalcaemia should be considered as a possible cause of heart failure in infants, especially when oedema is prominent.