Self-terminating idiopathic ventricular fibrillation presenting as syncope: a 40-year follow-up report

J Intern Med. 1990 Mar;227(3):211-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2796.1990.tb00145.x.


Out-of-hospital ventricular tachyarrhythmia has a high mortality. Most patients sustaining this type of arrhythmia have an organic heart disease. In this case report we present a patient with recurrent ventricular fibrillation with the clinical appearance of syncope, where no relevant organic heart disease could be found at autopsy performed 40 years later.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electrocardiography
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Recurrence
  • Syncope / etiology*
  • Time Factors
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / complications*
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / pathology