Catheter ablation of right ventricular outflow tract tachycardia using contact force guidance


Outflow tract tachycardias (OTT) originating from the right or left ventricular outflow tract are thought to be benign. However, symptoms can be disabling and deterioration of left ventricular function may occur with a high arrhythmia burden. Catheter ablation has a high acute success rate of up to 90 %, but recurrences are not uncommon [1, 2]. Novel catheter designs, and mapping and ablation technologies aim to improve procedural outcome, lower the complication rate, and increase the long-term success rate [3]. The TactiCath® catheter (TactiCath®, Endosense, SA Meyrin/Geneva, Switzerland, distributed by Biotronik, Berlin, Germany) is a contact force (CF) sensing radiofrequency ablation catheter that provides real-time assessment of tip-to-tissue CF during ablation [4]. Until now, it has only been used in ablation of supraventricular tachycardias, mainly atrial fibrillation. In this report, we describe the case of a patient who underwent successful ablation of right ventricular OTT and ventricular premature beats (VPBs) using CF guidance. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case ever described of OTT ablation using CF with the TactiCath® catheter.

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Neth Heart J. 2014 Oct;22(10):460-2