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Title: Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation in Type I Atrial Flutter : Preliminary Experience of 10 Cases
Authors: Ongkarn Raungratanaamporn
Kiertijai Bhuripanyo
Rungroj Krittayaphong
Somkiat Aroonpruksakul
Patiparn Toomtong
Suphachai Chaithiraphan
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1997
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.80, No.7 (1997), 465-471
Abstract: Common atrial flutter results from macroreentry in the right atrium. Catheter ablation of slow conduction, between tricuspid annulus and inferior vena cava (TA-IVC) or tricuspid annulus and coronary sinus ostium (TA-CS os) has been reported to terminate and prevent recurrence of this arrhythmia. We reported 10 consecutive patients, 7 men and 3 women, who underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation of common atrial flutter. The mean age was 59.4 ±11.2 years (range 42 - 82 years). During the paroxysmal atrial flutter, all patients had palpitation, 4 had dyspnea on exertion, 3 patients had syncope and 1 patient had presyncope. The mean duration of symptoms was 5.7 ± 4.9 years (range 0.5 - 13 years). Two patients had dilated cardiomyopathy, 1 Ebstein's anomaly and 1 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Four patients (40%) had history of atrial fibrillation (AF) before ablation. The mean cycle length of atrial rhythm was 257.2 ± 36.6 ms. Ablation was done by anatomical approach and could terminate arrhythmia in 9 patients (90%), 7 from TA-IVC, 2 from TA-CS os without major complication. The mean number of applications was 20.4 ± 16.9 and turned atrial flutter to normal sinus rhythm in 13.5 ± 10,7 seconds. Fluoroscopic and procedure times were 38.4 ± 31.4 and 157.2 ± 68.8 minutes, respectively. During the follow-up period of 24.0 ± 28.7 weeks, 2 patients had recurrent atrial arrhythmia, 1 atrial fibrillation and 1 atrial flutter type I, giving the final success rate of 70 per cent. All patients who had recurrence or failure had a history of paroxysmal AF before ablation. In conclusion, radiofrequency catheter ablation in atrial flutter type I, using anatomical approach, is an effective treatment to terminate and prevent this arrhythmia in short term follow-up. It may be considered as an alternative treatment in patients with atrial flutter who were refractory to antiarrhythmic agents.
ISSN: 01252208
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