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Am J Cardiol. 1977 Oct;40(4):521-7.

Supraventricular tachycardia in Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome: atrionodal versus intranodal reentry.


The mechanism of the abbreviated atrioventricular (A-V) nodal conduction time and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in the Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome was evaluated in six patients. In each the A-H interval increased in response to rapid atrial pacing and atrial extrastimuli; typical dual A-V nodal pathways were demonstrated. In five patients studied at two cycle lengths prolongation of conduction and refractoriness of the "fast" pathway was noted at the shorter basic cycle length. Propranolol prolonged conduction and refractoriness of the "fast" pathway in three patients and in one produced Wenckebach conduction during atrial pacing which did not occur prior to its administration. In three patients the atrium did not appear necessary to sustain supraventricular tachycardia. These findings suggest that preferential rapidly conducting A-V nodal fibers and intranodal reentry are the responsible mechanisms in those patients with Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome and reciprocating tachycardia.

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