Pediatric patients present unique anatomic challenges for catheter ablation. Small patient size requires special adaptation and understanding to perform safe procedures when clinically indicated. The anatomic variations of congenital heart disease also create problems that require pre-procedural preparation for each case in addition to a specialized understanding of a vast anatomic variation and surgical repairs. This understanding coupled with the knowledge of the pathophysiology of arrhythmia disorders and the biophysics of catheter ablation technology are required to perform successful and safe ablation procedures in this special population.
Credits: Thomas A. Pilcher MD; Elizabeth V. Saarel MD