A Case of Severe Gastroparesis: Indigestion and Weight Loss after Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation


Address for reprints: Gi-Byoung Nam, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Poongnap-dong 388-1, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-736, Korea. Fax: 82-2-486-5918; e-mail: gbnam@amc.seoul.kr


We describe a patient with gastroparesis after radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) as a result of vagus nerve injury. A 42-year-old man underwent redo-RFCA due to recurrent drug-resistant symptomatic atrial fibrillation. The patient complained of indigestion and early satiety 2 weeks after the second procedure. There was also weight loss of approximately 5 kg for 2 months. He underwent endoscopy during which food material was noticed. In the upper gastrointestinal series, most contrast material still remained in the stomach on the 2-hour delayed images, suggesting delayed gastric emptying time. (PACE 2010; 1–3)