Initial experience using a radiofrequency powered transseptal needle

Matthew P. Smelley, Dipak P. Shah, Ian Weisberg, Ssusan S. Kim, Albert C. Lin, John F. Beshai, Martin C. Burke, Bradley P. Knight

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Introduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and efficacy of using a novel radiofrequency (RF) powered transseptal needle to perform transseptal puncture (TSP). Methods: TSP was performed in 35 consecutive patients undergoing left-sided catheter ablation (mean age = 51 years; male = 71%) using a RF powered transseptal needle (NRG, Adult Large and Standard Curve C1, 71 cm, Baylis Medical Company, Inc.). Prior TSP had been performed in 34% of patients. The transseptal apparatus was positioned with the tip of the dilator engaged in the fossa ovalis. RF energy was delivered to the tip of the transseptal needle using a proprietary RF generator at 10 W for 2 seconds as gentle pressure was applied to the needle. Results: In 5 of the 41 TSPs, the needle crossed into the left atrium before RF energy was delivered. In 35 of the remaining 36 punctures, the needle was successfully advanced into the left atrium after application of RF current. In 1 patient, the TSP with the powered needle was unsuccessful but was accomplished using a standard needle. The only complication was a transient right atrial thrombus, which occurred in 2 patients. Conclusion: A radiofrequency powered transseptal needle can be used to perform TSP safely and successfully without the need for significant mechanical force, even in patients who have undergone TSP previously. Additional studies are needed to determine whether a powered transseptal needle should be used routinely. (J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. 21, pp. 423-427, April 2010)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-427
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Catheter ablation
  • Radiofrequency energy
  • Transseptal puncture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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