Irregular ventricular tachycardia originating from the moderator band

Marina L. Gonzalez, Chenni S. Sriram, Mario D. Gonzalez

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Ventricular tachycardias (VT) may initially show beat to beat oscillations but rapidly stabilize into a regular tachycardia with a stable cycle length. A persistently irregular ventricular tachycardia is a rare phenomenon. We report a rare case of an “irregular” ventricular tachycardia with so pronounced oscillations in cycle length that it was initially misdiagnosed as atrial fibrillation with aberrant conduction. This ventricular tachycardia was incessant and resulted in a tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy refractory to several antiarrhythmic drugs. Mapping of the right ventricle demonstrated that the tachycardia had a focal origin in the moderator band close to its insertion into the anterior papillary muscle. Radiofrequency ablation eliminated the tachycardia with eventual normalization of left ventricular function. The moderator band and anterior papillary muscle of the right ventricle are known to be the source of short-coupled ventricular premature beats and regular ventricular tachycardias. However, an “irregular” ventricular tachycardia has not been previously reported to arise from these structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
StatePublished - May 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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