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Long QT molecular autopsy in sudden unexplained death in the young (1-40 years old): Lessons learnt from an eight year experience in New Zealand

The CIDG team are pleased to announce our latest research publication detailing our experience of long QT genetic testing in victims of sudden death over an eight year period. The lead author was Dr Luciana Marcondes, our new paediatric heart rhythm specialist at the Starship Children’s Hospital.

Bottom line- approximately 20% positive finding in these hitherto unexplained young sudden deaths. New Zealand was the first country in the world to have such posthumous testing made available through government funding (via the ministry of Justice- since 2008). Most developed countries still do not have such a service. The multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists who made this possible across New Zealand provide a model of care much admired across the globe.