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Z Kardiol. 1994 Aug;83(8):582-8.

[Ablation of permanent left atrial ectopic tachycardia by high-frequency energy].

[Article in German]

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Abteilung Kardiologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover.


Catheter ablation of ectopic atrial tachycardia has been previously reported in a small number of patients in whom the ectopic focus was predominantly located in the right atrium. We report on a 53-year-old patient with atrial automatic tachycardia originating in the left atrium, in whom successful radiofrequency catheter ablation was performed via a transseptal puncture. The patient presented a permanent atrial tachycardia for several years, refractory to antiarrhythmic drug treatment and DC-cardioversion. Radiofrequency ablation terminated left ectopic atrial tachycardia and, therefore, should be attempted before resorting to open-heart surgical ablation.

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