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Voltage-Guided Ablation Technique for Cavotricuspid Isthmus-Dependent Atrial Flutter: Refining the Continuous Line


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Allan C. Skanes, M.D., Arrhythmia Service, London Health Sciences Centre, 339 Windermere Road, London, Ontario, N6A 5A5, Canada. Fax: +1-519-663-3782; E-mail:


Voltage-Guided Ablation Technique for Cavotricuspid Isthmus-Dependent Atrial Flutter. 

Ablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus has become first-line therapy for “isthmus-dependent” atrial flutter. The goal of ablation is to produce bidirectional cavotricuspid isthmus block. Traditionally, this has been obtained by creation of a complete ablation line across the isthmus from the ventricular end to the inferior vena cava. This article describes an alternative method used in our laboratory. There is substantial evidence that conduction across the isthmus occurs preferentially over discrete separate bundles of tissue. Consequently, voltage-guided ablation targeting only these bundles with large amplitude atrial electrograms results in a highly efficient alternate method for the interruption of conduction across the cavotricuspid isthmus. Understanding the bundle structure of conduction over the isthmus facilitates more flexible approaches to its ablation and targeting maximum voltages in our hands has resulted in reduction of ablation time and fewer recurrences. (J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. 23, pp. 672–676, June 2012)

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