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Macroreentrant atrial circuits are frequently associated with scarring. Previous reports have shown the possible development of scar tissue that is adjacent to pacemaker (PM) leads. However, reports of PM lead-related reentrant tachycardia are scarce. We report the case of a 63-year-old woman who presented with macroreentrant atrial tachycardia (MAT), related to the atrial trajectory of an old single-lead ventricular PM, that was successfully treated with radiofrequency ablation after a conventional electrophysiological study ruled out isthmus-dependent atrial flutter and provided sufficient data to confirm this diagnosis. This report presents a case of MAT originating around the trajectory of a PM lead, probably because of scar tissue that developed adjacent to the lead. Experimental studies have already shown that interstitial atrial fibrosis may develop adjacent to a ventricular single-lead. This finding suggests that MAT develops in patients with this specific condition. Recognizing this condition is important for managing these arrhythmias and performing safe ablation with the preservation of PM lead integrity. Copyright © 2022 Indian Heart Rhythm Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Frederico Scuotto, Maria Cecilia Xavier Souto, Claudio Cirenza, Angelo Amato Vincenzo De Paola. Pacemaker lead-related macroreentrant atrial tachycardia. Indian pacing and electrophysiology journal. 2022 Jul-Aug;22(4):212-215

PMID: 35598811

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