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Netherlands Heart Journal 9/2019

Funny waves in repolarisation and tachycardia in a patient suspected for Brugada syndrome

Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 9/2019
L. Jordaens, L. Timmers, P. Goethals


The resting electrocardiogram (ECG) is diagnostic for Brugada syndrome [ 1]. His 2 brothers both had ECG patterns typical for Brugada syndrome, his mother had drug-induced Brugada syndrome. His father was from East Asian descent. The waves in V2 are indeed suggestive of an epsilon wave, which might be a sign for arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, and hence an overlap situation [ 2]. However, there were no clinical, nor other signs for this disease, and the cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was entirely normal. Depolarising abnormalities are observed in 13% of patients with spontaneous or drug-induced Brugada syndrome, without any evidence of cardiomyopathy [ 2]. The tachycardia was a left-sided posterior fascicular tachycardia and was easily ablated on a site with a Purkinje potential (Fig.  1 and  2). A dual-chamber implantable cardioverter-defibrillator was implanted, given the bradycardia and conduction disease. With a follow-up of 3 years, no events have been recorded. Fascicular tachycardia has in principle no relation with Brugada syndrome, which mainly affects the right ventricular outflow tract [ 3]. That some molecular common link may exist cannot be excluded. Genetic analysis showed 2 missense variants in the SCN5A gene, and one TMEM43 variant, all with unclear relation to his disease, given his East Asian roots.

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L. Jordaens, L. Timmers and P. Goethals declare that they have no competing interests.
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