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A rare complication of cardiac radiofrequency catheter ablation: Esophageal irritation [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015; 43(4): 389-391 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2015.36926

A rare complication of cardiac radiofrequency catheter ablation: Esophageal irritation

Özlem Özcan Çelebi, Alper Canbay, Erdem Diker
Medicana International Ankara Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Ankara, Turkey

The complication rate of radiofrequency catheter ablation varies depending on patient characteristics and treatment, and has been reported to be approximately 3%. Esophageal irritation is one significant complication of catheter ablation, and its most common result is atrioesophageal fistulae. However, rarely, unexpected complications and clinical variants occur due to irritation of the vagal nerve or peri-esophageal tissue without fistula formation. In this case report, attention is drawn to this rare complication in two cases, one of which occurred after paraseptal-epicardial accessory pathway ablation, and the other after atrial fibrillation ablation. Both were symptomatic with severe gag reflex

Keywords: Atrial fibrillation/epidemiology, catheter ablation/adverse effects; esophageal diseases; ulcer/ultrasonography

How to cite this article
Özlem Özcan Çelebi, Alper Canbay, Erdem Diker. A rare complication of cardiac radiofrequency catheter ablation: Esophageal irritation. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2015; 43(4): 389-391

Corresponding Author: Özlem Özcan Çelebi, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: Turkish


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