In 1930 Wolff, White and Parkinson1 described a series of cases which showed an electrocardiographic picture of bundle branch block and a short P-R interval. This syndrome has since come to bear their names. It is characterized by attacks of paroxysmal tachycardia and carries only the danger attendant upon this phenomenon. The interim tracing shows a short P-R interval and prolonged QRS complex. It is considered essentially benign and these authors attribute these findings to vagal action. If this is removed by means of exercise or atropinization, the electrocardiogram is restored to normal.
Wolferth and Wood2 and Holzmann and Scherf3
STEIN I. SHORT P-R INTERVAL, PROLONGED QRS COMPLEX (WOLFF, PARKINSON, WHITE SYNDROME). REPORT OF FOURTEEN CASES AND A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE1. Ann Intern Med. 1946;24:60–71. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-24-1-60
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1946;24(1):60-71.
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