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      Incessant Automatic Ventricular Tachycardia Complicating Acute Coxsackie B Myocarditis

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          Abstract

          A 13-year-old girl presented with incessant ventricular tachycardia complicating acute Coxsackie B<sub>3</sub> myocarditis. Electro-physiologic assessment revealed that the tachycardia could not be terminated, overdrive suppressed or accelerated by programmed electrical stimulation, but was transiently slowed by intravenous adenosine triphosphate and had marked spontaneous and sympathoautonomic-mediated fluctuation in the tachycardia cycle length. These features were atypical of reentry and triggered automaticity and suggested that abnormal automaticity was the likely tachycardia mechanism. Intravenous amiodarone slowed the ventricular tachycardia, but the patient eventually succumbed from rapidly progressive left ventricular failure. Postmortem pathohistologic examination confirmed the diagnosis of acute myocarditis.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1992
          1992
          12 November 2008
          : 80
          : 5-6
          : 339-344
          Affiliations
          Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
          Article
          175023 Cardiology 1992;80:339–344
          10.1159/000175023
          1333360
          e8432eab-bf41-4c16-818b-354bdeef4f2a
          © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          History
          : 25 March 1992
          : 30 March 1992
          Page count
          Pages: 6
          Categories
          Arrhythmias, Electrophysiology, and Electrocardiography

          General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
          Ventricular tachycardia,Abnormal automaticity,Viral myocarditis

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