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J Electrocardiol. 2013 Nov-Dec;46(6):663-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2013.01.007. Epub 2013 Mar 8.

Automated external defibrillator documented degeneration of pre-excited atrial fibrillation into ventricular fibrillation.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Okinawa Children's Medical Center, Okinawa, Japan. Electronic address: bigkaz@mua.biglobe.ne.jp.


Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome can be the cause of syncope or sudden cardiac death, which results from ventricular fibrillation (VF) degenerated from rapid anterograde conduction of atrial fibrillation (AF) to the ventricles through the accessory pathway. We present a case of WPW syndrome in which recording the actual moment of onset of the degeneration of pre-excited AF into VF. This was fortuitous and also lucky for this patient.

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Automated external defibrillator; Sudden cardiac death; WPW syndrome

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