Clinical features of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

Am Heart J. 1999 Sep;138(3 Pt 1):403-13. doi: 10.1016/s0002-8703(99)70140-7.


Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is the most common form of ventricular preexcitation. Understanding this syndrome is fundamental for anyone interested in learning about arrhythmias. This review addresses (1) the historic sequence of events that led to the understanding of this syndrome; (2) the pathologic, embryologic, and electrophysiologic properties of accessory pathways; (3) the epidemiology and genetics of this syndrome; (4) the clinical diagnosis of this syndrome, with special emphasis on the arrhythmias that patients with ventricular preexcitation are predisposed to; and (5) the therapy for patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / etiology
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / physiopathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Electrocardiography
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome* / diagnosis
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome* / genetics
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome* / physiopathology
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome* / therapy