Radiofrequency catheter ablation of congenital junctional ectopic tachycardia

Maria Pia Calabrò, C. Pappone, G. Oreto, F. L. De Luca, E. Gitto, I. Barberi

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Congenital junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) is a rare arrhythmia due to an automatic focus usually located within the His bundle. This report describes a patient in whom JET was diagnosed at 1 month of age: antiarrhythmic drugs succeeded in lowering tachycardia rate, resulting in an apparently stable condition. At 12 months, however, the child experienced fainting episodes; an ECG performed during one such episode revealed repetitive non-sustained runs of wide QRS tachycardia, a pattern highly suspicious for proarrhythmia. Drugs were withdrawn and the patient underwent successful catheter ablation of the junctional focus with preservation of normal A-V conduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-236
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


  • Ablation
  • Antiarrhythmic drugs
  • Proarrhythmia
  • Tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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