Radiofrequency catheter ablation of accessory pathway-mediated tachycardia is a safe and effective long-term therapy

Lexin Wang, Rongguo Yao

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Abstract

Background The primary purpose of the study was to evaluate long-term clinical results of radiofrequency catheter ablation of accessory pathway-mediated tachycardia. Methods Catheter ablation was performed in 321 patients who were subsequently followed up for an average of 36 months. Results Accessory pathway-mediated tachycardia was abolished by catheter ablation in 308 patients (96%). Right free wall (10.6%) and right posteroseptal (14.9%) accessory pathway was associated with higher failure rate than left-sided pathways (2.3%, p<0.01). Atrioventricular block occurred in two patients during ablation of anteroseptal pathway. Recurrence of accessory pathway conduction occurred in 13 (4.1%) patients, principally within the first 4 weeks after ablation procedure. Recurrence in right free wall (12.8%) or right posteroseptal (14.2%) pathways was higher than in left-sided pathways (1.8%, p<0.01). Conclusions Radiofrequency catheter ablation has high immediate success rate and long-term recurrence of accessory pathway conduction or tachycardia. Right free wall or right posteroseptal pathways are associated with higher incidence of initial ablation failure and short- to medium-term recurrence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-398
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Medical Research
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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