Brockenbrough's puncture technique has been widely conducted in the electrophysiologic laboratory. We report here two cases exhibiting a rare complication of this procedure, which arose during the conduct of catheter ablation using radiofrequency energy delivered to the pulmonary vein for the treatment of focal left atrial fibrillation. These cases exhibited marked sinus bradycardia and profound hypotension, suggestive of a Bezold-Jarisch-like reflex, observed immediately after Brockenbrough's procedure but before radiofrequency application. ST elevation in the inferior leads was also observed in spite of normal coronary angiograms. This unanticipated transient complication was treated by intravenous administration of atropine, which had no influence on the ablation procedure or prognosis. This is speculated to be attributable to the elevation of vagal tone caused by the mechanical effects of transseptal puncture on the interatrial vagal network.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)