We report our experience in radiofrequency catheter ablation between April, 1992 and December, 1998, in which we treated 287 parients less than 18 years of age (mean 14.3±3.1 years) with supraventricular tachycardia. Accessory pathways were the arrhythmic substrate in 252 of the patients (87.8%), the patients having a total of 265 accessory pathways. Atrioventricular nodal re-entry was the cause of tachycardia in 26 patients (9.0%), while atrial flutter was detected in the remaining 9 patients (3.1%). We were able successfully to eliminate the accessory pathway in 236 patients (89%), but 25 patients had recurrent arrhythmias. Ablation proved successful in all cases of atrioventricular node re-entry tachycardia, the slow pathway being ablated in 25 patients, and the fast pathway in only one case. Recurrence of the arrhythmia occurred in three patients (11.5%). We performed a second ablation in these children, all then proving successful. The ablation was successful in all cases of atrial flutter, with one recurrence (11.1%). Overall, therefore, ablation was immediately successful in 271 patients (94.4%), with a recurrence of the arrhythmia in 29 cases (10.7%). The incidence of serious complications was 2.09% There was one late death due to infective endocarditis, 3 patients suffered complete heart block, 1 had mild mitral regurgitation, and 1 patient developed an haematoma in the groin. We conclude that radiofrequency catheter ablation can now be considered a standard option for the management of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardias in children and young adults.