The effects of accumulated experience on radiofrequency ablation of accessory pathways.

Abstract

Increasing experience in radiofrequency ablation for accessory pathways appears to reduce the procedure time, radiation time and radiofrequency pulse number, and results in a higher success rate. However, the effect of a learning curve on this procedure from the perspective of location and conduction direction of accessory pathways has not been reported before. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of accumulated experience on the outcomes of radiofrequency ablation for accessory pathways and on the duration of the procedure parameters by analyzing the results of a dedicated ablation team. The first 512 patients with a single accessory pathway treated in this laboratory were included for analysis of the procedure parameters with respect to locations and conduction directions of accessory pathways. The results showed that the average procedure time, radiation time, and radiofrequency pulse number differed significantly among the different subgroups (left free wall, right free wall, posteroseptal and anteromidseptal location; manifest or concealed conduction). All subgroups except the anteromidseptal pathways showed a significant improvement of the procedure parameters with increased ablation experience. Although the initial rate of improvement was similar among the different subgroups, the rate of improvement in left free wall pathways nearly reached a plateau after 120 ablation procedures. Thus it was concluded that a certain number of ablation procedures was necessary before achievement of a high success rate with shorter procedure and radiation times and a lower radiofrequency pulse number.

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@article{Tai1995TheEO, title={The effects of accumulated experience on radiofrequency ablation of accessory pathways.}, author={C. T. Tai and Szi-Wen Chen and C. E. Chiang and Che Wun Chiou and Benjamin Ing-Tieu Kuo and T John Wu and Chia Chi Cheng and S H Lee and K C Ueng and Z. C. Wen}, journal={Japanese heart journal}, year={1995}, volume={36 6}, pages={729-39} }