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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2002 Jun;25(6):986-8.

Ectopic atrial rhythm with exit block following catheter ablation for focal atrial tachycardias in a patient with prior surgery for atrial septal defect.

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Second Department of Medicine, Nihon University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

Abstract

The patient was a 40-year-old woman with a history of surgery for atrial septal defect and catheter ablation for typical atrial flutter. An electrophysiological study was performed because she had palpitation and syncope. She had ectopic atrial rhythm originating from low lateral RA. Two focal atrial tachycardias ([1] superior vena cava-RA junction and [2] a lowposteroseptal RA) were successfully ablated. Following catheter ablation for the second atrial tachycardia, she developed junctional rhythm because ectopic atrial rhythm showed exit block. However, atrial activation of junctional rhythm could conduct into the ectopic atrial rhythm focus and reset the rhythm when atrial activation of junctional rhythm reached the blocked line after atrial refractoriness by preceding ectopic atrial rhythm.

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