The use of radiofrequency catheter ablation to extract a chronic permanent pacemaker lead after failed laser extraction

Deepak Roshan Talreja, Samuel J Asirvatham, David L. Hayes

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Even with the latest advances in pacemaker lead extraction techniques, successful lead extraction via percutaneous techniques still cannot be achieved in up to 2% of procedures at qualified centers reiterating the need for further development in this area. We present an example of a novel technique using radiofrequency (RF) energy delivered with a steerable ablation catheter to facilitate lead removal using an 8-french guiding sheath (SRO, Daig corporation) and a bidirectional steerable 4 mm tip ablation catheter (EPT). With a short series of RF ablations, the pacemaker lead tip was successfully freed without complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-190
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002



  • Ablation catheter
  • Lead extraction
  • Lead infection
  • Pacemaker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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