Surgical treatment of cardiac arrhythmias

Francesco Alessandrini, Pietro Santarelli, A. Sandro Montenero, Roberto Zamparelli, Sandro Bartoccioni, Mauro Morelli, Guido Lanzillo, Rocco Schiavello, GianFederico Possati

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This report describes 20 consecutive patients who underwent surgical procedures for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. 16 patients have been operated for WPW. syndrome, always using the epicardial approach, without extracorporeal circulation. Three patients underwent surgery for atrio-ventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia, using a discrete perinodal cryotreatment, during normothermic extracorporeal circulation. In one case we used cryoablation of the atrial myocardium below the coronary sinus to treat atrial flutter. This operation was performed under normothermic extracorporeal circulation. In our observations, there was no early or late death; postoperative complications developed in 1 patient (5%) due to pericarditis. Ablation of the AP was completely successful in all the cases (100%) operated for WPW as well as for AVNRT syndromes and atrial flutter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalThe International Journal of Cardiac Imaging
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1991


  • anti-arrhythmic surgery
  • supra-ventricular tachycardia
  • ventricular tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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