Idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias arising from the posterior septum of tricuspid and mitral annuli: comparison of electrocardiographic characteristics and outcomes of catheter ablation.


Division of Cardiology, Sendai City Hospital, Taihaku-ku, Asutonagamachi1-1-1, Sendai, Miyagi, 982-8502, Japan. [Email]


OBJECTIVE : Ventricular arrhythmia (VA) arising from the tricuspid annulus in the posterior septum (PS) (TAPS-VA) has similar electrocardiographic characteristics as VA arising from the mitral annulus in the PS (MAPS-VA) because the two locations are adjacent. We examined the electrocardiographic characteristics that differentiate MAPS-VA from TAPS-VA and the efficacy of catheter ablation.
METHODS : We studied 13 patients whose VAs were successfully ablated in the TAPS (n = 7) and MAPS (n = 6).
RESULTS : QRS morphologies of both groups were characterized by left and right bundle block morphologies in lead V1, superior axis deviation, and precordial transition at ≤ lead V3 in nine patients. Compared with TAPS-VA, MAPS-VA had (1) R < S wave in lead II, (2) precordial transition in lead V2, (3) s-wave in lead V6, and (4) slurred initial part of the QRS complex in the precordial leads, e.g., [4a] pseudo delta wave ≥ 34 ms, [4b] intrinsicoid deflection time ≥ 85 ms, and [4c] maximum deflection index ≥ 0.55. Patients who met ≥ 2 of (1)-(3) and any of [4a]-[4c] could be classified as having MAPS-VA, with a sensitivity and specificity of 100%. VA recurred in one patient in the TAPS group during the median follow-up of 7 (interquartile range 6 to 15.5) months.
CONCLUSIONS : VA arising from the PS has superior axis deviation, and left and right bundle block morphologies with relatively early precordial transition. MAPS-VA can be differentiated from TAPS-VA based on electrocardiographic characteristics. This study provides useful information for treatment involving catheter ablation for VA arising from the PS.


Catheter ablation,ECG,Mitral annulus,Posterior septum,Tricuspid annulus,Ventricular arrhythmia,