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Supraventricular arrhythmia before and after surgical closure of atrial septal defects: spectrum, prognosis and management.
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PMID:  12633636     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Supraventricular arrhythmias are often observed in patients before and after atrial septal defect repair. Although several papers report different incidences of sustained supraventricular arrhythmias, postoperative 'incisional' macroreentrant tachycardias have not been systematically investigated. METHODS: We reviewed 136 consecutive patients (79 female, 57 male, mean age 36.8+/-17.8 years) who underwent atrial septal defect repair at our institutions between January 1990 and January 1999. Coexisting valve disease requiring surgical intervention was noted in 13 patients (9.5%). The mean follow-up period was 78.8+/-30.1 months. RESULTS: Sustained supraventricular arrhythmias occurred in 12 patients (8.8%) before surgery (atrial fibrillation in 11 patients). Using multivariate analysis the occurrence of arrhythmia significantly correlated with the presence of coexisting heart disease (P< 0.001) and age at surgery (P=0.011) After surgery sustained supraventricular arrhythmias were recorded in 16 patients (11.7%). Eleven of them had atrial fibrillation, permanent in 8 cases, 4 'incisional' macroreentrant atrial tachycardia and 1 atrioventricular re-entry tachycardia. There was a significant correlation between pre and postoperative arrhythmia (P< 0.001). Two of the 4 patients with macroreentrant atrial tachycardia underwent successful radiofrequency catheter ablation, whereas the arrhythmia was controlled medically in the remaining 2 patients. CONCLUSIONS: Atrial fibrillation remains the most frequent form of arrhythmia before and after surgical closure of atrial septal defects in adulthood, and relates to age at the time of repair and coexisting heart disease. Incisional macroreentrant atrial tachycardia is an identifiable, albeit less common, form of tachycardia, which can be treated by transcatheter ablation.
R Mantovan; M A Gatzoulis; A Pedrocco; P Ius; C Cavallini; A De Leo; R Zecchel; V Calzolari; C Valfrè; P Stritoni
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1099-5129     ISO Abbreviation:  Europace     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-13     Completed Date:  2003-07-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883649     Medline TA:  Europace     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2003 The European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
Divisione di Cardiologia, Treviso, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / complications,  physiopathology*,  surgery*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Risk Factors
Tachycardia, Supraventricular / etiology,  physiopathology*,  surgery*
Time Factors
Treatment Failure

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