What is the safety of RF ablation in the treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome?

Updated: Jan 08, 2017
  • Author: Christopher R Ellis, MD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Mikhael F El-Chami, MD  more...
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RF catheter ablation is relatively safe, with a complication rate of approximately 1% in most centers. A three-catheter ablation technique  appears to be similarly sucessful and safe as, but involves less cost than, the standard five-catheter approach for mapping and ablation of SVTs in pediatric patients with WPW and left-side AP. [35] Adverse consequences include bleeding complications, pericardial effusion, chest pain, stroke, myocardial infarction, and AV node block.

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