Becker muscular dystrophy with bundle branch reentry ventricular tachycardia.

Department of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Marquette General Hospital, Michigan, USA.
Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (Impact Factor: 2.88). 07/1998; 9(6):652-4. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.1998.tb00949.x
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ABSTRACT This report describes a case of Becker muscular dystrophy presenting with recurrent symptomatic wide complex tachycardia. Electrophysiologic testing demonstrated the mechanism to be bundle branch reentry ventricular tachycardia. It is important to consider this potential mechanism in patients with ventricular arrhythmias who have this particular clinical entity, since radiofrequency catheter ablation can represent a curative treatment.

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