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Respir Care. 2004 Dec;49(12):1525-7.

Pulmonary venous thrombosis and infarction complicating pulmonary venous stenosis following radiofrequency ablation.

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  • 1Department of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, A90, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44195, USA.


Pulmonary vein stenosis is a recently described complication of radiofrequency ablation. We report a patient who experienced thrombosis of the lingular vein and pulmonary infarction resulting from mild single-vessel pulmonary vein stenosis. This report extends available experience with complications of radiofrequency ablation, by demonstrating pulmonary venous thrombosis as a complication of relatively minor (approximately 50% luminal narrowing) stenosis of a single pulmonary vein, despite the fact that the patient was taking an anticoagulant. .

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