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Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia originating from the left posterior papillary muscle guided by the shadow of a multipolar catheter.
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A 62-year-old man without structural heart disease underwent electrophysiological testing for ventricular tachycardia (VT). Hemodynamically unstable VT was induced after isoproterenol (ISP) provocation. Electroanatomical mapping using a multipolar catheter identified the earliest activation originating from the posterior papillary muscle (PPM) where prepotentials preceding the local ventricular electrogram were observed. Irrigated radiofrequency current guided by the shadow of a multipolar catheter eliminated the VT. This case suggested that multipolar catheters may be helpful for identifying tachycardia origins arising from the PPM.
Shiro Nakahara; Noritaka Toratani; Kan Takayanagi
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-07-28
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Title:  Indian pacing and electrophysiology journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0972-6292     ISO Abbreviation:  Indian Pacing Electrophysiol J     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-08-22     Completed Date:  2012-08-23     Revised Date:  2013-05-30    
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Department of Cardiology, Dokkyo University Koshigaya Hospital, Saitama, Japan.
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Catheter Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia Originating from the Left Posterior Papillary Muscle Guided by the Shadow of a Multipolar Catheter
Shiro Nakahara, MD PhD
Noritaka Toratani, MD
Kan Takayanagi, MD PhD
Department of Cardiology, Dokkyo University Koshigaya Hospital, Saitama, Japan
Correspondence: Address for correspondence: Shiro Nakahara, M.D. Department of Cardiology, Dokkyo University Koshigaya Hospital, 2-1-50 Minami Koshigaya, Koshigaya, Saitama, Japan 343-8555.


It has been reported that catheter ablation of idiopathic focal ventricular arrhythmias originating from papillary muscles (PAMs) is challenging . The complex structure of the PAMs may cause difficulty with the catheter manipulation during mapping and ablation. We report a case of a ventricular tachycardia (VT) originating from the LV posterior PAM (PPM), which was successfully eliminated by catheter ablation guided by the shadow of a multipolar catheter.


A 62-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for catheter ablation of premature ventricular complexes (PVC). The 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) recorded during the PVCs exhibited a QRS with a right bundle branch block morphology and left axis deviation, consistent with a posterolateral left ventricular (LV) origin. A cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan was obtained 1 day before the procedure. After left ventriculography, a transseptal puncture was performed for LV mapping. The LV geometry was created using a duodecapolar catheter (Livewire, 2-2-2mm spacing, St. Jude Medical, Minnetonka, MN) guided by an LV angiogram for the integration of CT images into the NavX system using Fusion (Ensite, St. Jude Medical, Minnetonka, MN). This system allowed the visualization of a multipolar catheter, and the outline of the complex structure of the papillary muscle (PAM) integrated into the CT images. Programmed ventricular stimulation did not induce any PVCs. After provocation with isoproterenol (ISP), frequent monomorphic PVCs and nonsustained VT with a QRS morphology similar to that of the PVCs emerged (Figure 1A). However, the blood pressure decreased due to the effect of the ISP and the emergence of nonsustained VT. LV activation mapping using the duodecapolar catheter was performed during the hemodynamically unstable condition. The duodecapolar catheter was suitable for recording the local electrograms preceding the QRS onset of the PVCs around the posterior PAM (PPM) region, and identified the site of the earliest ventricular activation at the mid portion of the PPM (Figure 2A,B) which preceded the onset of the QRS complex by -22 ms (Figure 1B). The earliest site of the targeted PVC was tagged on the integrated CT images with a shadow of the duodecapolar catheter because it seemed difficult to maintain stable contact with the ablation catheter tip at the earliest site during the hemodynamically unstable condition. After discontinuing the ISP infusion, the duodecapolar catheter was removed from the LV, and the ablation catheter was moved to the earliest activation site of the PVCs guided by the shadow of the duodecapolar catheter despite the disappearance of the PVCs (Figure 2C). Good pacemapping was obtained at the earliest activation site of the PVCs, and irrigated RF energy was delivered at that site. During the catheter ablation, irrigated radiofrequency (RF) current was delivered in the power control mode starting at 30W with an irrigation flow rate of 30 mL/min. The RF power was titrated to as high as 50W, with the goal of being able to achieve a decrease in the impedance of 10 Ω and with care taken to limit the temperature to < 41º. Ventricular responses were documented during the RF application. No ventricular arrhythmias emerged after the ISP infusion, and by ten months after the procedure, the patient had no further recurrences of the tachyarrhythmia.


Recently, the PAMs in the LV have been reported to be arrhythmogenic in human hearts after a myocardial infarction. In addition, idiopathic focal ventricular arrhythmias have been reported to originate from both the posterior and anterior PAM in the LV. In identifying the origin of idiopathic LV ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) arising from a PAM, activation mapping is the most reliable method, although pace mapping usually provides helpful clues. The use of noncontact mapping for idiopathic LV tachycardias was also reported, however no reports so far are available regarding the use of mapping for PAM VAs. Noncontact mapping may have been suitable in this case, because the conventional point by point mapping was difficult due to the hemodynamically unstable condition. In this case, contact mapping using a multipolar catheter identified the site of the earliest ventricular activation at the mid portion of the PPM. A low amplitude prepotential which preceded the QRS onset at the successful ablation site on the PPM was recorded whereas a previous study reported that a Purkinje potential often preceded the QRS onset at the successful ablation site of PAM VAs. There is still controversy as to whether a Purkinje potential always can be recorded at the successful ablation sites of PAM VAs. This discrepancy may be explained by the heterogeneity of the VAs ablated around the PAM, with some being endocardial (close to the Purkinje fibers) and other intramyocaridal. It also should be noted that the use of an irrigated catheter, as was used in this case, has been required to achieve a lasting ablation of PAM origin VAs because the origin is deep relative to the endocardial surface of the PAMs.

RF catheter ablation of idiopathic LV PAM VAs is particularly challenging. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing the efficacy of a multipolar catheter for mapping around the PPM region. The anatomically complex structure of the papillary muscle complicates the manipulation and stability of catheters during unstable hemodynamic conditions during an ISP infusion. This case suggested that the multipolar catheter may be helpful for predicting the earliest site of VAs arising from the PPM.

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Keywords: ventricular tachycardia, papillary muscle, radiofrequency catheter ablation.

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