Quinidine induced electrocardiographic normalization in two patients with Brugada syndrome

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2001 Sep;24(9 Pt 1):1420-2. doi: 10.1046/j.1460-9592.2001.01420.x.


Two patients with Brugada syndrome are presented. The ECGs showed right precordial J waves and ST-segment elevation. Patient 1 was resuscitated from nocturnal ventricular fibrillation, patient 2 was asymptomatic. In only patient 1, flecainide was infused causing monomorphic "malignant" ventricular extrasystoles (R on T), demonstrating the deleterious effect of Class IC antiarrhythmic drugs in Brugada syndrome. However, administration of the Class Ia antiarrhythmic drug quinidine caused normalization of the ECG in both patients. Based on in vitro experiments, agents that reduce the magnitude of Ito-mediated phase 1 have been suggested to normalize ST-segment elevation in Brugada syndrome. This is the first clinical report of such a quinidine induced ECG normalization.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electrocardiography / drug effects*
  • Flecainide
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quinidine / administration & dosage*
  • Syndrome
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / diagnosis
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / drug therapy*


  • Quinidine
  • Flecainide