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Korean Circ J. 2012 Aug;42(8):575-9. doi: 10.4070/kcj.2012.42.8.575. Epub 2012 Aug 31.

Radiofrequency catheter ablation for unifocal premature ventricular complexes triggering recurrent ventricular fibrillations in a young man without structural heart disease.

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Cardiovascular Center, Dong-A University Hospital, Busan, Korea.


A 17-year-old man was referred for aborted sudden cardiac death. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) was recorded by automated external defibrillator. Post-resuscitation electrocardiograms showed frequent monomorphic premature ventricular complexes (PVCs), with left bundle branch block configuration and inferior axis. Cardiac arrest due to VF recurred twice within the initial 42 hours. Rhythm monitoring revealed multiple episodes of sustained VF triggered by a triplet of monomorphic PVCs having similar morphology with isolated PVCs. Comprehensive cardiologic workup revealed no structural heart disease and ion-channelopathies. With the impression of idiopathic VF triggered by unifocal PVCs of right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) origin, radiofrequency catheter ablation was performed to prevent frequent VF recurrence before implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation. After successful ablation of the origin of unifocal PVCs at anterolateral wall of RVOT, the burden of PVCs decreased remarkably and VF did not recur. The patient was discharged after ICD implantation.


Radiofrequency catheter ablation; Ventricular fibrillation

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