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Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia in children: curative therapy with radiofrequency ablation

Dalia Bakšienė
Rima Šileikienė
Vytautas Šileikis
Tomas Kazakevičius
Vytautas Zabiela
Migla Žėbienė
1 and
Aras Puodžiukynas
Department of Children’s Diseases
Department of Cardiology, Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuaniania
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Medicina 2007, 43(10), 803;
Submission received: 19 January 2007 / Accepted: 12 October 2007 / Published: 17 October 2007


Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia is a rare condition, and there is a lack of clear guidelines for the necessity and indications for prophylactic antiarrhythmic or curative treatment. The aim of this study was to review the clinical picture of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia and evaluate the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency ablation therapy in children.
Material and methods
. The subjects of this study were 16 children with idiopathic ventricular tachycardia. The mean age at onset of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia was 12 years. All patients underwent electrophysiological examination. Nonfluoroscopic mapping technology (CartoTM) was used in one case. Radiofrequency ablation was performed in all children (mean duration of follow-up was 46 months).
. Six children with idiopathic ventricular tachycardia were free of symptoms. Palpitation was the only complain in four patients, and six patients presented with symptoms of circulatory disorder (the tendency of the higher rate of ventricular tachycardia and more premature contractions and episodes of ventricular tachycardia in one day were noticed in five of them). All children after radiofrequency ablation were alive, and only one complication (complete right bundle branch block) occurred. Success at last follow-up included five children with left and six with right idiopathic ventricular tachycardia.
. Catheter ablation seems a promising therapeutic option with the outlook possible of the idiopathic ventricular tachycardia in children. It is safe enough and should be considered as the therapy of choice even in children without of symptoms if they wish to live active social and physical life.
Keywords: idiopathic ventricular tachycardia; children; ablation idiopathic ventricular tachycardia; children; ablation

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Bakšienė, D.; Šileikienė, R.; Šileikis, V.; Kazakevičius, T.; Zabiela, V.; Žėbienė, M.; Puodžiukynas, A. Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia in children: curative therapy with radiofrequency ablation. Medicina 2007, 43, 803.

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Bakšienė D, Šileikienė R, Šileikis V, Kazakevičius T, Zabiela V, Žėbienė M, Puodžiukynas A. Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia in children: curative therapy with radiofrequency ablation. Medicina. 2007; 43(10):803.

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Bakšienė, Dalia, Rima Šileikienė, Vytautas Šileikis, Tomas Kazakevičius, Vytautas Zabiela, Migla Žėbienė, and Aras Puodžiukynas. 2007. "Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia in children: curative therapy with radiofrequency ablation" Medicina 43, no. 10: 803.

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