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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 7919642, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/7919642
Case Report

Torsade de Pointes Triggered by Early Ventricular Escape Beats in a Patient with Complete Atrioventricular Block

1Department of Cardiology, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, 06010 Ankara, Turkey
2Cardiology Service, Girne Military Hospital, 99300 Girne, Northern Cyprus, Mersin 10, Turkey

Received 14 November 2015; Accepted 8 March 2016

Academic Editor: Christopher S. Snyder

Copyright © 2016 Erkan Yildirim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Torsade de pointes is an uncommon and malignant form of polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and associated with a prolonged QT interval, which may be congenital or acquired. Complete atrioventricular block may cause QT interval prolongation and torsade de pointes. In this paper, we present a case with complete atrioventricular block complicated with frequent episodes of torsade de pointes triggered by early premature ventricular contractions despite normal QT intervals.