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Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Jan;93(1):313-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.05.050.

Successful repair of an atrioesophageal fistula after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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  • 1Division of Cardiac Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryand 21224, USA.

Abstract

Catheter ablation of arrhythmias can result in the rare but devastating complication of an atrioesophageal fistula. This complication can be associated with significant neurologic morbidity and high mortality and requires a high index of suspicion to facilitate life-saving surgical intervention. Herein, we report the successful repair of an atrioesophageal fistula after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

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