Discrepant drug action of disopyramide on ECG abnormalities and induction of ventricular arrhythmias in a patient with Brugada syndrome

J Electrocardiol. 1997 Apr;30(2):133-6. doi: 10.1016/s0022-0736(97)80021-0.


An electrophysiologic study was attempted in a patient who experienced cardiac arrest. Programmed electrical stimulation from the right ventricle, without the use of any drugs, induced ventricular fibrillation (VF) twice. Disopyramide prevented the induction of ventricular arrhythmia by rendering VF to a nonsustained polymorphic ventricular tachycardia when administered at 300 mg/day, and noninducible at 400 mg/day. However, ST-segment elevation and the rSr' pattern in leads V(1-3) characteristic of Brugada syndrome became exaggerated by disopyramide. Disopyramide exerted discrepant action on the electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities and induction of VF in this patient, suggesting the efficacy of antiarrhythmic drugs assessed by an electrophysiologic study may be unrelated to ECG abnormalities in cases of Brugada syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial / adverse effects
  • Disopyramide / therapeutic use*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Electrocardiography / drug effects*
  • Heart Arrest / complications
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Syndrome
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / complications
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / drug therapy*
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / etiology
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / physiopathology
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / prevention & control*


  • Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
  • Disopyramide