Pneumopericardium following radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation: Insights into the natural history of atrial esophageal fistula formation

Rozalina Grubina, Yong Mei Cha, Malcolm R. Bell, Lawrence J. Sinak, Samuel J. Asirvatham

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Abstract

Pneumopericardium Following Atrial Fibrillation Ablation. We present a case of large pneumopericardium resulting from an esophageal pericardial fistula following ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). The presentation, evaluation, and management of this specific patient, along with a review of present techniques to diagnose esophageal injury, provide a unique insight into the pathophysiology of left atrial-esophageal fistula formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1046-1049
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
Volume21
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • atrial fibrillation
  • cryoablation
  • esophageal pericardial fistula
  • left atrial-esophageal fistula
  • radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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