Adenosine testing after atrial fibrillation ablation

systematic review and meta-analysis

Nelson Wang*, Steven Phan, Aran Kanagaratnam, Narendra Kumar, Kevin Phan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Adenosine can be used to reveal dormant pulmonary vein (PV) conduction after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the impact of adenosine administration in patients undergoing PVI for AF. Methods: Meta-analysis of 22 studies was performed to assess the rates of freedom from AF in 1) patients with dormant PV conduction versus patients without dormant PV conduction, and 2) patients given routine adenosine post PVI versus patients not given adenosine. Relative-risks (RR) were calculated using random effects modelling. Results: In 18 studies, 3,038 patients received adenosine and freedom from AF in those patients with dormant PV reconnection was significantly lower (62.9%) compared to patients without PV reconnection (67.2%) (RR 0.87; 95% CI: 0.78-0.98). In seven studies with 3,049 patients, the freedom from AF was significantly higher in patients who received adenosine (67%) versus those patients who did not receive adenosine (63%) (RR: 1.11; 95% CI: 1.01-1.22). Conclusions: The present study showed clear benefits of adenosine testing for freedom from AF recurrence. Adenosine-guided dormant conduction is associated with higher AF recurrence despite further ablation. Future studies should investigate the optimal methodology, including dosage and waiting time between PVI and adenosine administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-610
Number of pages10
JournalHeart, Lung and Circulation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Ablation
  • Adenosine
  • Atrial fibrillation

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