Radiofrequency catheter ablation for AV nodal reentrant tachycardia associated with persistent left superior vena cava

Kaoru Okishige, John D. Fisher, Yoshinari Goseki, Kouji Azegami, Takako Satoh, Hiroshi Ohira, Katsuhiro Yamashita, Shutaro Satake

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Slow AV nodal pathway ablation using RF is highly effective for patients with refractory A V nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). We report three catheter ablation cases using RF current in patients associated with persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC). Three patients with drug refractory AVNRT of common variety were involved in this study. An electrode catheter introduced through the left subclavian vein inserted directly into the coronary sinus, a typical anatomical finding of PLSVC. The ablation procedure was initially performed at the posteroinferior region of Koch's triangle. A slow pathway potential could not be found from that area; nonsustained junctional tachycardia (NSJT) did not occur during the delivery of RF current; there was failure to eliminate slow A V nodal pathway conduction. The catheter then was moved into the bed of the proximal portion of the markedly enlarged coronary sinus. A slow A V nodal pathway potential was recorded through the ablation catheter, and the delivery of RF current caused NSJT in two patients. Complete elimination of slow A V nodal pathway conduction was accomplished in these two patients by this method. No adverse effects were provoked by this procedure. Catheter ablation of the slow A V nodal pathway guided by a slow pathway potential and the appearance of NSJT was feasible and safe in the area of the coronary sinus ostium in patients associated with PLSVC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2213-2218
Number of pages6
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number9 I
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • AV nodal reentrant tachycardia
  • Catheter ablation
  • Persistent left superior vena cava
  • Radiofrequency current

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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