Noninvasive diagnosis of dual AV node physiology in patients with AV nodal reentrant tachycardia by administration of adenosine-5'-triphosphate during sinus rhythm

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Abstract

Background-Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) represents the most commonly encountered type of regular paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. This study determined whether administration of adenosine-5'- triphosphate (ATP) during sinus rhythm may be useful in the noninvasive diagnosis of dual AV nodal pathways. Methods and Results-During electrophysiological study, we intravenously administered incremental doses of ATP (from 10 to 50 mg) during sinus rhythm to patients with spontaneous and inducible sustained AVNRT (study group, n=42) and to patients with no evidence of dual AV nodal physiology or inducible AVNRT (control group, n=21). Signs suggestive of dual AV node physiology after ATP administration during sinus rhythm ('jump' of AH ≤50 ms between 2 consecutive beats, ≤1 AV nodal echo beat, or initiation of AVNRT) were observed in 32 (76%) of 42 study patients but in only 1 (5%) of the 21 control patients (P<0.001). Similar results were observed when only surface lead recordings (without intracardiac recordings) were evaluated. Signs suggestive of dual AV node physiology by the ATP test were observed in 29 (80.5%) of 36 patients who had electrophysiological demonstration of dual AV node physiology and in 3 (50%) of 6 patients without AV nodal duality (P=NS). Signs suggestive of dual physiology according to the ATP test disappeared in 11 (92%) of the 12 patients who underwent successful slow AV nodal ablation but persisted in 8 (62%) of 13 patients who underwent AV nodal modification. Conclusions- Administration of ATP during sinus rhythm may be a useful bedside test for identifying patients with dual AV nodal pathways who are prone to AVNRT. This simple test should be considered as a screening test for patients with symptoms suggestive of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia but no documented arrhythmias or for patients with documented narrow complex tachycardia of unclear mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalCirculation
Volume98
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Jul 1998

Keywords

  • Arrhythmia
  • Electrophysiology
  • Tachycardia

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