Atrioventricular Reentry Tachycardia

  • Vincent C. ThomasEmail author
  • Nicholas Von Bergen
  • Ian H. Law


Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the most common tachyarrhythmia in children, occurring in as many as 1–3 in 2,000 children. Of these, 90 % involve a reentrant circuit (Chap.  3) including atrioventricular (AV) reentrant tachycardia (AVRT), AV node reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT, Chap.  5), or persistent junctional reciprocal tachycardia (Chap.  6). The majority (50–60 %) of reentrant SVT presents in the first year of life, but may exhibit spontaneous resolution. When documented SVT is occurs in infants younger than 6 months of age 15–40 % will not have a recurrence of SVT beyond their first year of life. As children age the relative proportion of those with AV reentrant tachycardia diminishes from 85 % in children less than 1 year to 82 % in children between 1 and 5 years and 56 % between 6 and 10 years of age. As children pass into the adolescent years, AVNRT becomes slightly more common than AVRT. Finally, AVRT is more common in males.


Supraventricular Tachycardia Accessory pathways Antidromic tachycardia Atrioventricular fibers Concealed pathways Mahaim fibers Manifest pathways Orthodromic tachycardia Reentry Supraventricular Tachycardia Transcatheter ablation of atrioventricular tachycardia Vagal maneuvers Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent C. Thomas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicholas Von Bergen
    • 2
  • Ian H. Law
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Nevada School of MedicineLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Wisconsin—MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Cardiology, Department of PediatricsUniversity of Iowa Children’s Hospital, University of Iowa Carver College of MedicineIowa CityUSA

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