December 13, 2015

Sinus node reentrty tachycardia vs atrial reentry tachycardia

An adult pt is admitted due to SOB and managed as CHF. Echo showed EF in the 30's.

The basic rhythm is sinus (initial rate ~80's-100s) then there is abrupt decrease of rate (~ 50's bpm) with a slightly different P wave morphology (but still a normal PRI).

The differential diagnoses are: 

1. Inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST)
2. Atrial reentry tachycardia (ART)near the sinus node
3. Sinoatrial reentry tachycardia (SART/SNRT)

IST is non-paroxysmal, elevated resting rate and gradual (excessive acceleration as reaction to mild exercise.However, as we  see in the strip, this is paroxysmal. Thus, IST is ruled-out.

ART - paroxysmal and difficult to differentiate from SART.

Sinus node reentry is defined as a reentrant tachycardia involving the sinus node and perinodal tissue.  It is possible that SNRT may represent a high cristal atrial tachycrdia (AT) originating near the sinus node . The features of SART/SNRT are:

The features of SART/SNRT are:

1. Abrupt onset/termination (may have gradual slowing)
2. Similar p-wave morphology compared to regular sinus beats (or may differ slightly)/ upright in leads II, III and aVF
3. Rate may vary from 80-140 bpm (ave apprx 100-110)

Thus, this is ART vs SART/SNRT.


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