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Repair of left atrial-esophageal fistula following percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Authors
  • Vassileva, Christina M
  • Shawgo, Tilitha
  • Shabosky, John
  • Soliman, Soliman
  • Hazelrigg, Stephen
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
August 2011
Volume
26
Issue
5
Pages
556–558
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2011.01296.x
PMID: 21883460
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Atrial-esophageal fistula is a rare but often fatal complication of percutaneous radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. We present a patient who was diagnosed with this complication in a delayed fashion and successfully treated with primary repair via left thoracotomy. The details of the surgical approach are discussed. 

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