A multicenter review of ablation in the aortic cusps in young people

Minh B. Nguyen, Scott R. Ceresnak, Christopher M. Janson, Steven B. Fishberger, Barry A. Love, Andrew D. Blaufox, Kara S. Motonaga, Anne M. Dubin, Lynn Nappo, Robert H. Pass

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Background: Ablation within the aortic cusp is safe and effective in adults. There are little data on aortic cusp ablation in the pediatric literature. We investigated the safety and efficacy of aortic cusp ablation in young patients. Methods: A retrospective, descriptive study of aortic cusp ablation in five pediatric electrophysiology centers from 2008 to 2014 was performed. All patients <21 years of age who underwent ablation in the aortic cusps were included. Factors analyzed included patient demographics, procedural details, outcomes, and complications. Results: Thirteen patients met inclusion criteria (median age 16 years [range 10–20.5] and median body surface area 1.58 m2 [range 1.12–2.33]). Substrates for ablation included: nine premature ventricular contractions or sustained ventricular tachycardia (69%), two concealed anteroseptal accessory pathways (APs) (15%), one Wolff-Parkinson-White with an anteroseptal AP (8%), and one ectopic atrial tachycardia (8%). Three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping in combination with fluoroscopy was used in 12/13 (92%) patients. Standard 4-mm-tip radiofrequency (RF) current was used in 11/13 (85%) and low-power irrigated-tip RF in 2/13 (15%). Angiography was used in 13/13 and intracardiac echocardiography was additionally utilized in 3/13 (23%). Ablation locations included: eight noncoronary (62%), three left (23%), and two right (15%) cusps. Ablation was acutely successful in all patients. At median follow-up of 20 months, there was one recurrence of PVCs (8%). There were no ablation-related complications and no valvular injuries observed. Conclusion: Arrhythmias originating from the coronary cusps in this series were successfully and safely ablated in young people without injury to the coronary arteries or the aortic valve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)798-802
Number of pages5
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2017


  • SVT
  • VT
  • ablation
  • angiography
  • aortic cusp
  • pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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