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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2016 Dec;23(6):949-956. Epub 2016 Aug 1.

Atrio-oesophageal fistula: dismal outcome of a rare complication with no common solution.

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1
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA, USA bassel@doctors.org.uk balalao@me.com.
2
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Abstract

Atrio-oesophageal fistula caused by diffusion of ablative energy through the left atrial wall to the oesophagus is a lethal complication. A high level of suspicion, rapid diagnosis and early correction are of crucial importance. In this review, we highlight the key points that will aid in the thought processes and provide guidance in the prevention, early diagnosis and management to reduce complications and improve outcome when atrio-oesophageal fistula is suspected.

KEYWORDS:

Atrio-oesophageal fistula; Left atrium; Radiofrequency ablation

PMID:
27481684
DOI:
10.1093/icvts/ivw233
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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