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Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2013 Oct;6(5):898-904. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.113.000157. Epub 2013 Aug 27.

Discrete prepotential as an indicator of successful ablation in patients with coronary cusp ventricular arrhythmia.

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Department of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Center, Tsuchiura Kyodo Hospital, Tsuchiura, Japan.

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  • Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2013 Dec;6(6):e103.



Although coronary cusp (CC) ventricular arrhythmia (VA) can be treated by catheter ablation, reliable indicators of successful ablation sites have not been fully identified.


This study comprised 392 patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation for outflow tract-VA at 3 institutions from January 2007 to August 2012. The successful ablation site was on the left CC or right CC in 35 (8.9%) of the 392 patients. In 9 (26%) of these 35 patients, a discrete prepotential was recognized, 5 of whom had left CC-VAs and 4 of whom had right CC-VAs. Radiofrequency catheter ablation was successful at the site of the prepotential in all 9 of these patients. The duration of the isoelectric line between the end of the discrete prepotential and the onset of the ventricular electrogram was 27±13 ms. The time from onset of the discrete prepotential at the successful ablation site on the CC to the QRS onset (activation time) was 69±20 ms (range, 50-98 ms). Pace mapping was graded as excellent at the successful ablation site in only 1 patient. No discrete prepotential was recorded in any successful right outflow tract-VA ablation case in this study.


A discrete prepotential was seen in 9 (26%) of 35 patients with CC-VA. In left and right CC-VA, the site of a discrete prepotential with ≥50 ms activation time may indicate a successful ablation site.


ablation; coronary cusp; discrete prepotential; ventricular arrhythmia

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