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Associate Editor-In-Chief: Cafer Zorkun, M.D., Ph.D. [2]

Main article: AVNRT


  1. VA > 100 in HRA
  2. Earliest a is concentric and must have one or more
    1. AV block during tachycardia
    2. AV dissociation with rapid ventricular pacing at 200-250 ms during tachycardia
    3. Delta AH Interval > 40 ms
    4. Delta HA Interval > -10 ms
  3. Ventricular Overdrive Maneuver]] results in PPI-TCL > 115 for Atypical AVNRT
  4. Stimulus to A Maneuver SA - VA interval > 85 for Atypical AVNRT
  5. Same atrial activation during tachycardia and during pacing
  6. May have continuation of Tachycardia during AV block
  7. Advancement of the His with advancement or delay in the a is AVNRT


  • Typically do not see a jump because of concealed conduction into the slow pathway.
  • VPDs can induce as frequently as APDs
  • Evidence of dual AVN conduction
  • No evidence of an AP

Location of Earliest Atrial Activation

  • Earliest retrograde atrial activation traditionally has been reported at the base of the triangle of Koch, near the CS ostium. However, mapping of retrograde atrial activation in several series of patients has produced variable results.
    • In a series of 46 patients with atypical AVNRT reported by Hwang et al earliest atrial activation at the CS (ostial or lateral electrodes) was seen in 34% patients.
    • In a series reported by Chen et al only 14.3% of patients with atypical AVNRT had earliest activation at the CS electrodes.
    • In a series of 12 patients, Nawata et al identified six patients with earliest atrial activation at the CS ostium, three patients with earlier activation at the low right atrial septum, and three patients with simultaneous activation of the CS and right atrial septum.
    • Nam et al observed eccentric atrial activation, 10 to 20 mm distal to the CS ostium, in 8 of 10 patients with fast-slow AVNRT. The CS ostium was the site of earliest atrial activation in only two patients.
  • In the slow-slow form, earliest atrial activation usually occurs at the CS ostium, but variants of left lateral retrograde activation have been reported.


  • Use Ventricular Overdrive Maneuver or Stimulus to a maneuver to differentiate between atypical AVNRT and septal bypass tract
  • Calculate Delta AH Interval
  • Give Adenosine during Ventricular pacing to check for VA conduction

Differential of Atypical AVNRT from AVRT

Approximately 6% of cases of AVNRT are associated with eccentric atrial activation, with the shortest VA > 60 msec. The keys to diagnosis of an atypical AVNRT are:

  1. Inability to advance the atrium without a PVC on His Maneuver
  2. The ability to dissociate the atrium from the ventricle during Tachycardia
  3. Demonstration of only decremental VA conduction
  4. Demonstration of Dual AV Nodal Physiology
  5. The Ability to induce typical AVNRT with concentric or variable patterns of retrograde atrial activation
  6. Absence of VA conduction without Isuprel

EKG Findings


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