Asymptomatic Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome should be ablated

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Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is associated with a small but lifetime risk of cardiac arrest and/or sudden cardiac death (SCD). However, the exact risk is not well defined, particularly in asymptomatic persons. Over recent years the authors have collected and reported new follow-up data among a large number of asymptomatic WPW patients, particularly children, intensively followed. These data have significantly contributed to the knowledge and definition of the natural history of WPW from childhood to adulthood. The risk of SCD is higher in asymptomatic children than in adults, and early ablation can be offered only to selected subjects after electrophysiologic testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • Catheter ablation
  • Pediatric patients
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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