Bipolar Electroporation Across the Interventricular Septum: Electrophysiological, Imaging, and Histopathological Characteristics

Martin van Zyl, Thomas P. Ladas, Jason A. Tri, Omar Z. Yasin, Adetola O. Ladejobi, Nicholas Y. Tan, Georgios Christopoulos, Noah Schneider, David J. Danitz, Darin Uecker, Christopher V. DeSimone, Ammar M. Killu, Elad Maor, Samuel J. Asirvatham

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Background: Pulsed electric field (PEF) ablation is an emerging modality for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Data regarding effects on the interventricular septum are limited, and the optimal delivery protocol and electrode configuration remain undefined. Objectives: This study sought to evaluate the electrophysiological, imaging, and histological characteristics of bipolar direct-current PEF delivered across the interventricular septum. Methods: PEF was applied between identical solid-tip ablation catheters positioned on either side of the septum in a chronic canine model. Intracardiac and surface electrophysiological data were recorded following delivery. In 4 animals, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) was performed early (6 ± 2 days) and late (30 ± 2 days) postablation. After 4 weeks of survival, cardiac specimens were sectioned for histopathological analysis. Results: In 8 canines, PEF was delivered in 27 separate septal sites (45 ± 17 J/site) with either microsecond or nanosecond PEF. Acute complications included transient complete atrioventricular block in 5 animals (63%) after delivery at the anterobasal septum, with right bundle branch block persisting in 3 (38%). Ventricular fibrillation occurred in 1 animal during microsecond but not nanosecond PEF. Postprocedural CMR showed prominent edema and significant left ventricular systolic dysfunction, which recovered with late imaging. At 4 weeks, 36 individual well-demarcated lesions were demonstrated by CMR and histopathology. Lesion depth measured by histology was 2.6 ± 2.1 mm (maximum 10.9 mm and near transmural). Conclusions: Bipolar PEF ablation of the interventricular septum is feasible and can produce near transmural lesions. Myocardial stunning, edema, and conduction system injury may occur transiently. Further studies are required to optimize safe delivery and efficacious lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJACC: Clinical Electrophysiology
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • electroporation
  • pulsed electric fields
  • pulsed field ablation
  • ventricular ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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