Antiepileptic rufinamide and QTc interval shortening in a patient with long QT syndrome: case report Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Abstract Background There is limited pharmacologic therapy to reduce the QT interval in hereditary long QT syndrome (LQTS). Case summary We describe a child with Allan–Herndon–Dudley syndrome, Lennox–Gastaut epileptic syndrome (LGS), and LQTS Type 1 (LQTS1). Rufinamide was added to his antiepileptic medications to improve seizure control and was noted to be associated with a marked improvement in electrocardiogram QT interval. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of successful pharmacologic shortening of the QT interval in LQTS1. Discussion This case report highlights the potential benefits of rufinamide, a drug associated with mild QT shortening in normal individuals, to markedly reduce and normalize QT duration in a subject with LQTS1.


  • Mondal, Tapas
  • Sullivan, Kristen
  • Divakaramenon, Syam
  • Hamilton, Robert M

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  • December 1, 2020