The usefulness and safety of intracardiac discharge of a synchronized DC shock through a catheter-electrode to ablate the His bundle has led the Authors to evaluate the use of this technique to interrupt bypass tracts located near the coronary sinus. Acute experiments were performed in 10 open chest dogs. A tripolar 6F catheter-electrode was placed in the coronary sinus and 2 or 3 unipolar shocks of 80-120 joules were delivered to each electrode. After the procedure the coronary sulcus was inspected and a lesion 2-3 cm wide and 2-4 mm deep with edema and haemorrhage was found in all cases. On the basis of the data obtained in dogs, the technique was successfully used in a woman with "incessant" supraventricular tachycardia due to reentry through a concealed anomalous pathway located in the posterior septum. A careful mapping of the coronary sinus allowed the localization of the earliest retrograde atrial activation. Two shocks of 120 joules were delivered in the coronary sinus at the site suggested by the electrophysiologic mapping. The patient has remained free from tachycardia since the time of the discharge (follow-up: three weeks).
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