Vol 68, No 1 (2010)
Published online: 2010-02-03

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Invasive electrophysiology
Reccurent ventricular tachycardia as a late complication of a cardiac stab wound

Justyna Niedziela, Beata Wożakowska-Kapłon, Katarzyna Dziubek, Elżbieta Jaskulska-Niedziela, Monika Włosowicz
Kardiol Pol 2010;68(1):116-119.


We present a case of a 55-year-old male who suffered from a cardiac stab wound in his youth and 38 years later developed unstable sustained ventricular tachycardia. Imaging showed presence of a scarf of myocardium which probably caused the arrhythmia. Arrhythmia was successfully controlled using combined treatment with pharmacotherapy and cardioverter-defibrillator implantation. Relapses of ventricular tachycardia treated by appropriate interventions of cardioverter-defibrillator occurred when the patient stopped pharmacotherapy and experienced great psychic stress.

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Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)