Electrophysiological characteristics of the Marshall bundle in humans

Seongwook Han, Boyoung Joung, Mauricio Scanavacca, Eduardo Sosa, Peng Sheng Chen, Chun Hwang

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Background: Marshall bundles (MBs) are the muscle bundles within the ligament of Marshall. Objective: This trial sought to the electrophysiological characteristics of the MB and the anatomical connections between MB and left atrium (LA) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: We enrolled 72 patients (male:female 59:13, age 59.9 ± 9.4 years) who underwent MB mapping and ablation for AF. MB mapping was done via an endocardial or epicardial approach during sinus rhythm and AF. Results: Recordings were successful in 64 of 72 patients (89%). A single connection was noted in 11 of 64 patients between the MB and the coronary sinus (CS) muscle sleeves. The MB recordings showed distinct MB potentials with a proximal-to-distal activation pattern during sinus rhythm. During AF, organized passive activations and dissociated slow MB ectopic activities were commonly observed in this type of connection. Double connections to both CS and LA around left pulmonary veins were noted in 23 of 64 patients (36%). After the ablation of the distal connection, MB recording showed typical double potentials as in single connection. Multiple connections were noted in 30 of 64 patients (47%). During sinus rhythm, the earliest activation was in the middle of the MB. The activation patterns were irregular and variable in each patient. During AF, rapid and fractionated complex activations were noted in all patients of this group. Conclusion: We documented 3 different types of MB-LA connections. Rapid and fractionated activations were most commonly observed in the MB that had multiple LA connections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-793
Number of pages8
JournalHeart Rhythm
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

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Atrial Fibrillation
Heart Atria
Coronary Sinus
carbosulfan
Muscles
Pulmonary Veins
Ligaments

Keywords

  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Ligament of Marshall
  • Radiofrequency catheter ablation

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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Electrophysiological characteristics of the Marshall bundle in humans. / Han, Seongwook; Joung, Boyoung; Scanavacca, Mauricio; Sosa, Eduardo; Chen, Peng Sheng; Hwang, Chun.

In: Heart Rhythm, Vol. 7, No. 6, 01.06.2010, p. 786-793.

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Han, S, Joung, B, Scanavacca, M, Sosa, E, Chen, PS & Hwang, C 2010, 'Electrophysiological characteristics of the Marshall bundle in humans', Heart Rhythm, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 786-793. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hrthm.2010.02.028
Han, Seongwook ; Joung, Boyoung ; Scanavacca, Mauricio ; Sosa, Eduardo ; Chen, Peng Sheng ; Hwang, Chun. / Electrophysiological characteristics of the Marshall bundle in humans. In: Heart Rhythm. 2010 ; Vol. 7, No. 6. pp. 786-793.
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