Brugada syndrome


  • Consider as cause of syncope in patients with family history of sudden death
  • 80% of Brugada syndrome diagnosed only after a cardiac arrest[1]
  • Autosomal dominant Na-channelopathy which increases the risk of sudden cardiac death (~10%/yr)[2]
  • Much more common in men (up to 9x), particularly Southeast Asian males
  • ECG shows incomplete RBBB with ST elevation in V1-V3
    • In uncomplicated RBBB, usually there is no ST change to slight ST depression
    • If presenting symptom is chest pain rather than syncope, consider strongly STEMI

Clinical Features

  • Typically asymptomatic
  • Patients may have Vfib cardiac arrest or sudden death
  • Diagnostic ECG findings transient and variable, with only 1/3 of serial ECGs diagnostic in confirmed spontaneous coved-type Brugada syndrome patients[3]

Differential Diagnosis

ST Elevation


ECG Criteria

Note - ECG findings can be transient

  • Type 1-Elevated ST segment (>2mm) descends with upward convexity to a TWI
  • Type 2-Elevated ST segment (>1mm) descends toward baseline then rises again (saddleback) to upright T wave
  • Type 3-Elevated ST segment (<1mm) descends toward baseline then rises again to upright T wave

Other ECG Pearls in Brugada Syndrome

  • V1-v2 lead placement in 2nd or 3rd IC spaces (rather than conventional 4th IC space) increases chance of recording type I pattern[4]
  • Other factors that increase type I ECG tracings[5][6][7]:
    • Fever
    • Night time
    • After heavy meals
    • Recovery phase of exercise[8]
  • ECG features placing pt at higher risk for symptomatic Brugada




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See Also


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  2. Cerrato N, Giustetto C, et al. Prevalence of Type 1 Brugada Electrocardiographic Pattern Evaluated by Twelve-Lead Twenty-Four-Hour Holter Monitoring. The American Journal of Cardiology.115(1). 2015. 52-56.
  3. Richter S., Sarkozy A., Veltmann C.; Variability of the diagnostic ECG pattern in an ICD patient population with Brugada syndrome. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 20 2009:69-75.
  4. Shimizu W., Matsuo K., Takagi M.; Body surface distribution and response to drugs of ST segment elevation in Brugada syndrome: clinical implication of eighty-seven-lead body surface potential mapping and its application to twelve-lead electrocardiograms. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 11 2000:396-404.
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  7. Keller D.I., Huang H., Zhao J.; A novel SCN5A mutation, F1344S, identified in a patient with Brugada syndrome and fever-induced ventricular fibrillation. Cardiovasc Res. 70 2006:521-529.
  8. Makimoto H., Nakagawa E., Takaki H.; Augmented ST-segment elevation during recovery from exercise predicts cardiac events in patients with Brugada syndrome. J Am Coll Cardiol. 56 2010:1576-1584.
  9. Sarkozy A., Chierchia G.B., Paparella G.; Inferior and lateral electrocardiographic repolarization abnormalities in Brugada syndrome. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2 2009:154-161.
  10. Junttila M.J., Brugada P., Hong K.; Differences in 12-lead electrocardiogram between symptomatic and asymptomatic Brugada syndrome patients. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 19 2008:380-383.
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  14. Sacher F., Probst V., Iesaka Y.; Outcome after implantation of a cardioverter-defibrillator in patients with Brugada syndrome: a multicenter study. Circulation. 114 2006:2317-2324.
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