Atrioventricular complete block occurring 12 years after successful ablation of slow-slow atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2013; 41(3): 233-237 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2013.74419

Atrioventricular complete block occurring 12 years after successful ablation of slow-slow atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia

Ebru Golcuk, Kivanc Yalin, Ahmet Kaya Bilge, Kamil Adalet
Department of Cardiology, Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul

Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) is the most frequent form of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Selective radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of the slow pathway is an ideal method for treatment of patients with AVNRT. Complete atrioventricular block is a rare but serious complication of RF ablation, and primarily occurs during or immediately after the procedure. We report on a 45-year-old woman who underwent successful ablation for symptomatic AVNRT at the age of 33. She presented with paroxysmal complete AV block, which developed twelve years after RF ablation of the slow pathway and a permanent DDD pacemaker was implanted. As seen in the case we report, complete AV block complicating RF ablation can occur years after the procedure.

Keywords: Electrocardiography, electrophysiologic techniques, cardiac; tachycardia, atrioventricular nodal reentry; tachycardia, ventricular.

How to cite this article
Ebru Golcuk, Kivanc Yalin, Ahmet Kaya Bilge, Kamil Adalet. Atrioventricular complete block occurring 12 years after successful ablation of slow-slow atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2013; 41(3): 233-237

Corresponding Author: Ebru Golcuk, Türkiye
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