Cold Panniculitis After Ice Therapy for Supraventricular Tachycardia

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A late preterm infant presenting with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit because of poor systolic function seen on echocardiogram. The hospitalization was complicated by multiple breakthrough episodes of SVT requiring ice placed on the face during each repeat episode. The infant was later diagnosed as having cold panniculitis secondary to the application of ice to the face on multiple occasions. In children who are hemodynamically stable during SVT episodes, ice is used as first-line treatment. It is important to be aware of how often ice is being applied to the face and the duration of time to limit complications such as cold panniculitis.

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