A novel mesh electrode catheter for mapping and radiofrequency delivery at the left atrium-pulmonary vein junction: A single-catheter approach to pulmonary vein antrum isolation

Mauricio S. Arruda, Ding Sheng He, Paul Andrew Friedman, Hiroshi Nakagawa, Charles J Bruce, Koji Azegami, Robert Anders, Peter Kozel, Amedeo Chiavetta, Paul Marad, David MacAdam, Warren Jackman, David J. Wilber

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A Single-Catheter for Mapping and Ablation of PV. Background: Electrical isolation of pulmonary veins (PV) by radiofrequency (RF) ablation is often performed in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Current catheter technology usually requires the use of a multielectrode catheter for mapping in addition to the ablation catheter. Purpose: We evaluated the feasibility and safety of using a single, expandable electrode catheter (MESH) to map and to electrically isolate the PV. Methods and Results: Nineteen closed-chest mongrel dogs, weighing 23-35 kg, were studied under general anesthesia. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) was used to guide transseptal puncture and to assess PV dimensions and contact of the MESH with PV ostia. ICE and angiography of RSPV were obtained before and after ablation, and prior to sacrifice at 7-99 days. An 11.5 Fr steerable MESH was advanced and deployed at the ostium of the RSPV. Recordings were obtained via the 36 electrodes comprising the MESH. For circumferential ablation, RF current was delivered at a target temperature of 62-65°C (4 thermocouples) and maximum power of 70-100 W for 180 to 300 seconds. Each animal received 1-4 RF applications. Entrance conduction block was obtained in 13/19 treated RSPVs. Pathological examination confirmed circumferential and transmural lesions in 13 of 19 RSPV. LA mural thrombus was present in 3 animals. There was no significant PV stenosis. Conclusion: Based on this canine model, a new expandable MESH catheter may safely be used for mapping and for PV antrum isolation. This approach may decrease procedure time without compromising success rate in patients undergoing AF ablation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-211
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007



  • AF ablation
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Multi electrode catheter
  • Pulmonary vein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology

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