Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation successfully terminated by radiofrequency ablation of the distal Purkinje fibers

Shun Kohsaka, Mehdi Razavi, Ali Massumi

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Abstract

A 21-year-old woman was admitted for evaluation of recurrent episodes of syncope. She had several spontaneous and abrupt loss of consciousness episodes while at the emergency department, caused by sustained and nonsustained ventricular fibrillation episodes. Each episode was initiated by a certain premature ventricular complex, which remained the same in subsequent ventricular fibrillation episodes. She had a total of eight more episodes of ventricular fibrillation during her admission, despite administration of intravenous antiarrhythmic agents. A diagnosis of idiopathic ventricular fibrillation was made. Radiofrequency catheter ablation was performed, targeting the distal Purkinje system. Ventricular fibrillation was noninducible after the procedure, and the patient has been symptom-free for the past 1 year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)701-704
Number of pages4
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation
  • Radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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