Permanent paralysis of the atrium in a patient with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

Brian J. Baldwin, Robert C. Talley, Charles Johnson, Donald O. Nutter

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Abstract

A 32 year old man with the facioscapulohumeral (Landouzy-Dejerine) type of muscular dystrophy was evaluated because of a slow pulse rate. Hemodynamic studies were performed at rest and during ventricular pacing. The patient's atria were found to be electrically and mechanically silent. This unusual disorder of permanent atrial paralysis (standstill) is reviewed. There seems to be more than a casual relation between permanent atrial paralysis and this form of muscular dystrophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-653
Number of pages5
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1973

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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