Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Mahaim Tachycardia in Adult Patients

Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Mahaim Tachycardia


  • Zahoor Ahmad Khan Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Ayesha Zahid Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Jibran Ikram Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • . Hameedullah Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Zahid Aslam Awan Department of Cardiac Electrophysiology, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, Pakistan



Radiofrequency ablation, Tachycardia, Mahaim pathways


Mahaim pathways causing reentrant tachycardia are rare but potentially dangerous arrhythmia. Catheter ablation is the definitive treatment option for individuals with this kind of tachycardia. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation of mahaim tachycardia in adult patients. Methods: A retrospective study investigated total of 40 adult patients referred to the Cardiac Electrophysiology Department of Hayatabad medical Complex Peshawar from 4th January 2017 to 21st September 2022 were enrolled. Patient’s age (20-68 years) of both male and female genders referred for radiofrequency ablation of mahaim tachycardia were studied. The tachycardia was invariably antidromic, resulting from anterograde conduction via the Mahaim pathway. All the cases were followed for complications. Results: The overall mean age was 43.60 ± 12.4 years. The mean ablation and flouro time was 9.44± 6.93 minutes and 20.64 ± 9.77 minutes respectively. Hypertension and diabetes were found in 11 (27.5%) and 6 (15%) patients respectively. The successful ablation was achieved in 31 (77.5%) patients whereas 1 case was abandoned. During follow-up, one patient developed femoral hematoma as a complication. Typical Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) and atrial fibrillation were other tachycardia found in 3 (7.5%) and 4 (10%) respectively. The incidence of congenital anomalies such as ASD Secundum, HOCM, DCM, and Ebstein Anomaly was 2 (5%), 1 (2.5%), 1 (2.5%), and 1 (2.5%) respectively. Conclusion: The present study found that Radiofrequency ablation is effective and safe for treating Mahaim tachycardia. The success rate of RFA was 77.5%.


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DOI: 10.54393/pjhs.v4i04.690
Published: 2023-04-30

How to Cite

Ahmad Khan, Z. ., Zahid, A. ., Ikram, J. ., Hameedullah, ., & Aslam Awan, Z. . (2023). Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Mahaim Tachycardia in Adult Patients: Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation of Mahaim Tachycardia. Pakistan Journal of Health Sciences, 4(04), 49–52.



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