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Ann Emerg Med. 1987 Nov;16(11):1291-3.

Termination of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia by digital rectal massage.

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Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida School of Medicine, University Hospital of Jacksonville.


A 71-year-old woman with an episode of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) complicated by angina pectoris and hypotension had her arrhythmia abruptly terminated by digital rectal massage (DRM) after other vagotonic maneuvers had failed. DRM termination of PSVT has not been heretofore reported. In treating PSVT by physical vagotonic maneuvers, DRM may be preferable to other techniques because of the decreased likelihood of complications noted with other such maneuvers.

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