Exposure of concealed right bundle branch block in Wolff-Parkinson-White type B by pacing from the vicinity of the A-V node

Otto L. Garcia, Agustin Castellanos, Ruey J. Sung, Henry Gelband

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In two infants with Wolff-Parkinson-White type B, right bundle branch block was concealed during sinus rhythm and pacing from close to the atrial entrance of the right-sided accessory pathway. However, pacing from the vicinity of the A-V node, the A-V node itself, and the His bundle exposed the right bundle branch block by producing exclusive ventricular activation through the normal, A-V nodal His-Purkinje pathway. In addition, pacing from close to the A-V node also resulted in fusion beats characterized by absence of delta waves with (pseudo) normal QRS complexes and short H-V intervals. False patterns of tachycardia-dependent and bradycardia-dependent block in the accessory pathway also occurred. These dynamic phenomena were attributed to the (peri-A-V nodal) pacing-related, relatively early arrival of excitation at the ventricles through the normal pathways coexisting with delayed arrival of excitation via the accessory pathway. The latter in turn was due to the longer intra-atrial conduction time from paced (peri-A-V nodal) site to atrial entrance of the accessory pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-668
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1978


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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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