[Learning curve in performing radiofrequency ablation of accessory pathways in patients with Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome].

Abstract

INTRODUCTION This study examines the effect of operator experience on radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of accessory pathways success rate in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome. MATERIAL AND METHODS The first 100 consecutive patients with WPW syndrome treated by radiofrequency ablation at our Clinic, were divided into group A (first 50 patients) and group B (the following 50 patients). Various parameters were compared between these 2 groups. RESULTS The success rate in group A was 69% and in group B 92%, p < 0.01. There were 6 patients with recurrent WPW syndrome, after 3 months of follow-up, 5 were from group A and 1 from group B, p < 0.05. Significantly more applications of radiofrequency energy were delivered in group A (10.0 +/- 4.8 in group A and 6.2 +/- 3.1 in group B, p < 0.05). Two patients from group A presented with complications: one had intermittent complete AV-block, and the other pericardial effusion. CONCLUSION This study shows a clear learning curve in performing RFA of accessory pathways in patients with WPW syndrome.

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@article{Vukajlovic2006LearningCI, title={[Learning curve in performing radiofrequency ablation of accessory pathways in patients with Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome].}, author={Dejan D Vukajlovic and Aleksandar Neskovic}, journal={Medicinski pregled}, year={2006}, volume={59 9-10}, pages={468-71} }