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Bouveret's syndrome II

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Obsolete term for paroxysmal, supraventricular tachyardias. An excessively rapid action of the heart that is typically abrupt in onset and termination. Bouveret introduced the term "Paroxysmal tachyardia" in 1889.

The condition sometimes complicates various heart diseases, occasionally occurring in apparently normal persons. Palpitations and, less frequently, light headedness, shortness of breath, weakness, and polyuria are the typical symptoms.

The condition was first described by the English physician Richard Payne Cotton (1820-1877) in 1867.


  • R. P. Cotton:
    Notes and observations of unusually rapid action of the heart.
    British Medical Journal, London, 1867: 629.
  • L. Bouveret:
    De la tachyardie essentielle paroxystique.
    Revue de médecine, Paris, 1889, 9: 753-793; 837-855.
  • A. Hoffmann:
    Die paroxysmale Tachyardie. Wiesbaden 1900.

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