Reentry within the atrioventricular node: surgical cure with preservation of atrioventricular conduction.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is commonly caused by reentry within the atrioventricular (AV) node. This arrhythmia was abolished by operative dissection of the AV junction in a patient with disabling tachycardia that was not controlled by drugs. The operation was intended to create complete AV block, but AV conduction persisted after surgery. An electrophysiologic study 1 year after the operation revealed that the operation changed AV conduction in both the antegrade and retrograde directions, which may explain the absence of tachycardia. The patient has been free of arrhythmias for 18 months.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pritchett, EL; Anderson, RW; Benditt, DG; Kasell, J; Harrison, L; Wallace, AG; Sealy, WC; Gallagher, JJ

Published Date

  • August 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 440 - 446

PubMed ID

  • 445760

Pubmed Central ID

  • 445760

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-7322

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/01.cir.60.2.440


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States