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Is a Cooled Tip Catheter the Solution for the Ablation of the Cavotricuspid Isthmus?


Address for reprints: C. Scavée, M.D., Hôpital Cardiologique du Haut-Lévêque, Av Magellan, 33610 Pessac, Bordeaux, France. E-mail:


SCAVÉE, C., et al.: Is a Cooled Tip Catheter the Solution for the Ablation of the Cavotricuspid Isthmus?To test the theoretical superiority of irrigated tip catheters to achieve complete cavotricuspid isthmus block, a 4-mm cooled tip catheter was compared to a conventional 8-mm tip catheter with a double temperature sensor in the cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation. The study prospectively enrolled 60 patients (47 men, mean65 ± 10years) with common flutter divided in group 1(n = 30)assigned to an 8-mm tip catheter versus group 2(n = 30), assigned to an internal circuit, irrigated tip catheter. Linear radiofrequency applications were performed in a point-by-point protocol to achieve complete CTI block. Complete CTI block was achieved in 29 patients in each group. Mean durations of procedure and fluoroscopy were 91 versus 90 and 40 versus 33 minutes in group 1 versus 2, respectively, (NS). The mean number/patient of RF pulses to interrupt atrial flutter was four in group 1 and eight in group 2(P = 0.034), and 11 and 13, respectively, to interrupt CTI conduction (NS). The total energy delivered was similar in both groups (29,237 vs 23,236 W/s, NS). CTI ablation with a conventional 8-mm tip catheter versus an irrigated tip catheter was associated with similar success rates, procedure duration, and fluoroscopic exposure. The technical complexity of the cooled tip catheter renders it less competitive. (PACE 2003; 26[Pt. II]:328–331)

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