Characterization of Lesions Created by a Heated, Saline Irrigated Needle-Tip Catheter in the Normal and Infarcted Canine Heart

Jannis Dickow, Atsushi Suzuki, Benhur D. Henz, Malini Madhavan, H. Immo Lehmann, Songyun Wang, Kay D. Parker, Kristi H. Monahan, Maryam E. Rettmann, Michael G. Curley, Douglas L. Packer

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Background: Inability to eliminate intramural arrhythmogenic substrate may lead to recurrent ventricular tachycardia after catheter ablation. The aim of the present study was to evaluate intramural and full thickness lesion formation using a heated saline-enhanced radiofrequency (SERF) needle-tip catheter, compared with a conventional ablation catheter in normal and infarcted myocardium. Methods: Twenty-two adult mongrel dogs (30-40 kg, 15 normal and 7 myocardial infarct group) were studied. Lesions were created using the SERF catheter (40 W/50 °C) or a standard contact force (CF) catheter in both groups. Results: Comparing SERF to CF ablation, the SERF catheter produced larger lesion volumes than the standard CF catheter - even with >20 g of CF - in both normal (983.1±905.8 versus 461.9±178.3 mm3; P=0.023) and infarcted left ventricular myocardium (1052.3±543.0 versus 340.3±160.5 mm3; P=0.001). SERF catheter lesions were more often transmural than standard CF lesions with >20 g of CF in both groups (59.1% versus 7.7%; P<0.001 and 60.0% versus 12.5%; P=0.017, respectively). Using the SERF catheter, mean depth of ablated lesions reached 90% of the left ventricular wall in both normal and infarcted myocardium. Conclusions: The SERF catheter created more transmural and larger ablative lesions in both normal and infarcted canine myocardium. SERF ablation is a promising new approach for endocardial intramural and full thickness ablation of ventricular tachycardia substrate that is not accessible with current techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E009090
JournalCirculation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • catheter ablation
  • ischemic heart disease
  • myocardial infarct
  • radiofrequency ablation
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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