Paroxysmal tachycardia

Paroxysmal tachycardia is a form of tachycardia which begins and ends in an acute (or paroxysmal) manner.

Paroxysmal tachycardia
Other namesBouveret-Hoffmann syndrome

It is also known as "Bouveret-Hoffmann syndrome".[1][2][3]


The cause of this condition is not accurately known, though it is probably of nervous origin and can be aggravated by physical wear and tear. The symptoms are sometimes very alarming but it is not considered in itself dangerous.

It has an increased risk of developing in WPW syndrome and LGL syndrome.[4]



It can be divided by the origin:[5]


  1. synd/3076 at Who Named It?
  2. L. Bouveret. De la tachyardie essentielle paroxystique. Revue de médecine, Paris, 1889, 9: 753-793; 837-855.
  3. A. Hoffmann: Die paroxysmale Tachyardie. Wiesbaden 1900.
  4. Making sense of the ECG 3rd edition p 119
  5. "paroxysmal tachycardia" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary

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