Possible systolic fascicular potentials in patients with left bundle branch block undergoing left bundle branch area pacing: A case series

J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2023 Oct;34(10):2108-2111. doi: 10.1111/jce.16071. Epub 2023 Sep 15.


Introduction: In left bundle branch area pacing (LBBAP), several methods allow determination of lead depth during active fixation inside the septum: among these, visualization of a Purkinje potential indicates that the subendocardial area has been reached. In LBB block (LBBB) patients, fascicular potentials are visible as presystolic only in rare conditions.

Methods and results: Since October 2022 until August 2023, LBBAP was attempted in 21 patients with LBBB at our Center: among the 18 consecutive patients (86%) in which it was successful, focusing on the terminal part of the unipolar ventricular electrogram (VEGM) recorded in the LBBA (where fixation beats occurred and conduction system (CS) capture was confirmed), we always observed discrete high-frequency, low-amplitude signals during spontaneous rhythm with LBBB morphology, showing a consistent coupling with the QRS onset, falling in a portion of QRS interval ranging from 58% to 80% of its overall duration, and disappearing during pacing. As found in a recently published case report, these sharp signals could represent the activation of left ventricular CS fibers, occurring passively from the septal working myocardium, and thus appearing lately in the VEGM.

Conclusion: The possibility of recognizing discrete high-frequency, low-amplitude signals within the terminal portion of the unipolar VEGM, possibly representing left CS potentials, even in patients with LBBB, may constitute a useful additional means to notice operators about having reached the LBBA, thus helping to avoid perforation in the left ventricle.

Keywords: Purkinje potentials; conduction system pacing; fascicular potentials; left bundle branch area pacing; left bundle branch block.