This site became the new on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu
Give us feedback
Trial record 1 of 4 for:    AURUM 8
Previous Study | Return to List | Next Study

Isthmus Ablation With Gold Electrode for Treatment of Atrial Flutter (AURUM 8)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Biotronik SE & Co. KG Identifier:
First received: May 12, 2006
Last updated: February 3, 2010
Last verified: August 2009
May 12, 2006
February 3, 2010
June 2004
March 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Duration of Energy Application [ Time Frame: ablation procedure ]
Duration of Energy Application
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00326001 on Archive Site
  • Ablation Success With the First Catheter [ Time Frame: ablation procedure ]
  • Number of Patients With Long-term Treatment Success [ Time Frame: 6 months after ablation ]
  • Number of Patients With Charred Catheter Tips [ Time Frame: ablation procedure ]
  • Success rate
  • Acute and long-term treatment success
  • Comparison of ablation parameters
Not Provided
Not Provided
Isthmus Ablation With Gold Electrode for Treatment of Atrial Flutter (AURUM 8)
AURUM 8 - Ablation of the Cavotricuspid Isthmus in Patients With Atrial Flutter Using an 8 mm Gold Alloy Tip Electrode
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the advantage of using a gold alloy tip electrode over a platinum/iridium alloy tip electrode in ablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus in patients with atrial flutter.

Transvenous catheter ablation has become the therapy of choice for patients with recurring, isthmus-dependent right atrial flutter. Achieving bidirectional conduction block in the cavotricuspid isthmus is decisive for both acute and long-term therapy success and essentially depends on the selected ablation method and the lesion size. By using an 8 mm tip electrode instead of a conventional 4 mm electrode, deeper lesions can be made, thus significantly reducing the required number of energy applications for achieving a bidirectional conduction block. Experimental studies have proven that using an ablation electrode made of gold alloy allows the creation of deeper lesions than with conventional platinum-iridium electrodes. Due to the greater heat conductivity of the gold alloy as opposed to platinum-iridium, the cooling of the ablation electrode is improved and more electric energy can be transmitted to the tissue at identical temperatures.

The combination of both technologies in the form of an 8 mm-long gold electrode anticipates that the lesion depth required for an isthmus block can be achieved more quickly in comparison to the platinum-iridium electrode.

Phase 4
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Atrial Flutter
  • Device: Gold tip catheter
    Radiofrquency ablation using gold tip catheter
  • Device: Platinum-iridium tip catheter
    Radiofrequency ablation using platinum-iridium tip catheter
  • Experimental: Gold tip catheter
    Gold tip catheter
    Intervention: Device: Gold tip catheter
  • Active Comparator: Platinum-iridium tip catheter
    Platinum-iridium tip catheter
    Intervention: Device: Platinum-iridium tip catheter

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
March 2008
March 2008   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least one electrocardiogram (ECG)-documented (can be older than 3 months), symptomatic, typical atrial flutter episode with either negative, sawtooth-shaped P-waves in leads II, III, and augmented voltage foot (aVF), or positive P-waves in leads II, III, and aVF
  • At least one persistent, typical atrial flutter episode of over 2 hours that has been documented in the history in the patient file and/or ECG
  • Signed informed consent form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient has recently undergone isthmus ablation
  • Acute coronary syndrome or myocardial infarction within the last 3 months
  • Acute reversible causes for atrial flutter (e.g. acute myocarditis)
  • Severe cardiac valvular defects
  • Tricuspid valve replacement
  • Atrial septum defect
  • Cardiovascular surgery scheduled within the next 6 months
  • Unstable medication in the last 7 days before study inclusion
  • New York Heart Association (NYHA) class IV
  • Women who are breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy
  • Abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Patient is unable to participate in follow-up examinations
  • The patient has only partial legal competence
  • Participation in another clinical study
  • The ablation procedure presents an above average risk to the patient as compared to the normal patient group (must be noted by the physician on the appropriate form).
  • Right atrial thrombus

Late Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient included by accident
  • Premature termination of the ablation procedure
  • Atrial flutter not dependent on the posterior isthmus
  • No conduction at the posterior isthmus before ablation
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Czech Republic,   Germany,   Hungary
Not Provided
Not Provided
Not Provided
Not Provided
Biotronik SE & Co. KG
Not Provided
Principal Investigator: Thorsten Lewalter, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Medizinische Klinik and Poliklinik II, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, D-53105 Bonn, Germany
Biotronik SE & Co. KG
August 2009

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP