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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 742076, 3 pages
Case Report

Intermittent Brugada Syndrome Presenting with Syncope in an Adult Female

1Division of Cardiology, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY 10025, USA
2Department of Medicine, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY 10025, USA

Received 12 August 2014; Revised 30 September 2014; Accepted 30 September 2014; Published 14 October 2014

Academic Editor: Serdar Kula

Copyright © 2014 Patricia Chavez 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.


Background. Brugada syndrome accounts for 4–12% of all sudden deaths worldwide and at least 20% of sudden deaths in patients with structurally normal hearts. Case Report. A 48-year-old female presented to the emergency department after two witnessed syncopal episodes. While awaiting discharge had a third collapse followed by cardiac arrest with shockable rhythm. Initial electrocardiogram showed wide QRS complex with left axis deviation, ST-segment elevation of <1 mm in V1 and V2, and flattening of T waves in V1. The angiogram did not demonstrate obstructive coronary disease. The electrocardiogram obtained two days after these events showed a right bundle branch block with ST-segment elevation of >2 mm followed by a negative T wave with no isoelectric separation, suggestive of spontaneous intermittent Brugada type 1 pattern. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated neither structural heart disease nor abnormal myocardium. After placement of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator the patient was discharged. Why should an emergency physician be aware of this? Brugada syndrome is an infrequently encountered clinical entity which may have a fatal outcome. This syndrome primarily presents with syncope. It should be considered as a component of differential diagnosis in patients with family history of syncope and sudden cardiac death.