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Can Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome recur in adulthood?

can a person who had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome as a child have a reoccurence of it as an adult? My 19 year old daughter has been experiencing sinus arrhythmia (according to an ekg at her regular doctor). Can this be a reemergence of the WPW Syndrome?
Mon, 30 Jan 2017
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Hi,
This is Dr Sameer.
WPW syndrome consists of abnormal conduction system in heart in addition to the normal pathway.
It presents as abnormal increase in heart rate (AVRT - AV Node Reentrant Tachycardia). It can present anytime during life.
Recurrence depends on what treatment has been given earlier. Exact treatment is finding of this abnormal pathway by test called EP Study & burning this pathway by RFA(Radio Frequency Ablation). If this has been done earlier than risk of recurrence is low(3-5%) otherwise it can recurr anytime mostly precipitated by stress or exertion.
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