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Cardiologia. 1993 Dec;38(12 Suppl 1):189-97.

[Ablation of paroxysmal tachycardia in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome].

[Article in Italian]

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Dipartimento di Cardiologia e Cardiochirurgia, II Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Università degli Studi Federico II, Napoli.


Surgical or catheter ablation of accessory pathways by means of high energy shock has been substantial associated with morbidity and mortality. On the contrary radiofrequency current, an alternative energy source for ablation, has a low incidence of complications and a very high success rate. Aim of this study was to relate about the results using catheter ablation of accessory pathways by radiofrequency current in our Electrophysiologic laboratory. Radiofrequency current (20-40 W) was delivered between a large-tip catheter electrode positioned against the mitral or tricuspid anulus and a standard adhesive electrosurgical dispersive pad applied to the left chest wall. When possible radiofrequency delivery was guided by catheter recordings of accessory pathway activation. Ablation was attempted in 181 patients with 191 accessory pathways. We obtained successful ablation of 187/191 accessory pathways and accessory pathway conduction was eliminated in 177/181 patients. During a mean follow-up of 14 +/- 10 months preexcitation returned in 7 patients (3.9%). All underwent a second successful ablation. In 1 patient, during the procedure, we observed a transient ischemic attack, with no complications. In accordance to other reports we conclude that radiofrequency ablation is highly effective in ablating accessory pathways, with low morbidity and no mortality.

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