American journal of emergency medicine vol:17 issue:6 pages:601-603
We report on the case of a 33-year-old man with recurrent syncopes appearing suddenly due to sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardias. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed a right bundle branch block pattern and ST segment elevation in the precordial leads V1 to V2, not explained by ischemia, electrolyte disturbances, toxic ingestion, or structural heart disease (coronary and right ventricle angiograms as well as biopsies of the right ventricle were normal). ECG image was compatible with the so-called Brugada syndrome, first described in 1992. This entity is very rare. Missed diagnosis can be disastrous because life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias often develop in patients. Copyright (C) 1999 by W.B Saunders Company.