Journal article

Percutaneous epicardial ablation reverses ventricular tachycardia mediated cardiomyopathy

Reginald Liew, Kim Rajappan, Dhiraj Gupta, Peter Kistler, Richard Schilling

Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

We report on the case of an 18-year-old girl with asymptomatic incessant ventricular tachycardia. Initial attempts at endocardial ablation failed and she was monitored until her cardiac function deteriorated. A percutaneous epicardial approach with electroanatomical mapping was then used which successfully terminated the tachycardia. Left ventricular size and function subsequently returned to normal. This case demonstrates that percutaneous epicardial ablation of ventricular tachycardia is safe and feasible in young patients and highlights the importance of recognising this at an early stage.