Transient heart block associated with head trauma

Robert Wirth, Paul E. Fenster, Frank I. Marcus

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Atrioventricular nodal block is a rare consequence of head trauma. We report a case of a 63-year-old male with coronary artery disease who sustained a skull fracture. Twelve hours later the cardiac monitor recorded an episode of high-grade atrioventricular block with a ventricular escape rhythm. Subsequent electrophysiologic evaluation revealed no abnormality of atrioventricular nodal conduction nor of intraventricular conduction. Atrioventricular block after head trauma may be caused by enhanced vagal tone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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