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Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J. 2010 Dec 26;10(11):496-502.

Improved Flutter Ablation Outcomes Using a 10mm-tip Ablation Catheter.

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Heart Rhythm Management Centre, UZ Brussel-VUB, Brussels, Belgium.



Radiofrequency(RF) ablation has become the first line of therapy for atrial flutter(AFL). Advances in catheter and mapping technologies have led to better understanding and different approaches for treating this arrhythmia. We describe the results of different approaches to ablate this arrhythmia.


A cohort of 198 patients with isthmus dependent AFL. The techniques used were: 10mm-tip catheter with power set to 100w, 8mm-tip catheter with power set to 60W and irrigated tip catheter.


212 procedures, including redos were done in 198 consecutive patients. We used irrigated tip catheters in 14 procedures, 8mm-tip in 55 procedures, and 10mm-tip in 143 procedures. Bidirectional block was achieved in 97.6% of cases with all techniques, with no difference among them. Procedure time was shorter in the 10mm-tip versus 8mm-tip(69.6±30.6min vs.105±43min) or irrigated tip(180±90min) (P<0.05). Fluoroscopy time was also shorter in the 10mm-tip versus 8mm-tip (24±18min vs. 37±23min) or irrigated tip (110±25min)(P<0.05). The cumulative incidence of failure during follow-up was 1.2%/year in the 10mm, 10.1%year in the 8mm and 6.9%year in the irrigated tip. The survival free of a new procedure was significantly higher among 10mm patients.


In our series we found a high rate of acute success with the use of different techniques for AFL ablation. Procedure and fluoroscopic times were shorter with the use of 10mm-tip as compared with the others techniques. The long-term risk of recurrence was lower when we used the 10mm-tip catheter and the survival free of a second procedure was higher among patients treated with this catheter.


Ablation; Atrial Flutter; Electrophysiology, Clinical


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