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Successful radiofrequency catheter ablation of “clockwise” and “counterclockwise” bundle branch re-entrant ventricular tachycardia in the absence of myocardial or valvar dysfunction without detecting bundle branch potentials

Copyright 2003 by Heart
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A case is reported of a patient with only isolated conduction abnormalities of the His-Purkinje system with no identifiable myocardial or valvar dysfunction, leading to “clockwise” and “counterclockwise” bundle branch re-entrant ventricular tachycardias (BBRVTs). The electrophysiological study showed infra-Hisian conduction system disease and two different inducible wide QRS complex tachycardias. Neither right bundle branch nor left bundle branch potentials were recorded despite extensive catheter manipulation. However, these tachycardias were diagnosed as BBRVTs by using entrainment manoeuvres and comparing the HV intervals during both sinus rhythm and the tachycardias. These tachycardias were eliminated by catheter ablation of the right bundle branch, using the morphology of the local electrograms and anatomical findings.

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