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Left Phrenic Nerve Injury during Cryoballoon Ablation of the Left Superior Pulmonary Vein
Article first published online: 30 JUL 2012
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Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Volume 35, Issue 11, pages e334–e336, November 2012
How to Cite
ANDRIÉ, R. P., SCHRICKEL, J. W., NICKENIG, G. and LICKFETT, L. (2012), Left Phrenic Nerve Injury during Cryoballoon Ablation of the Left Superior Pulmonary Vein. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 35: e334–e336. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2012.03470.x
- Issue published online: 7 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 30 JUL 2012
- Received July 22, 2011; revised March 7, 2012; accepted April 11, 2012.
- atrial fibrillation;
- cryoballoon ablation;
- left superior pulmonary vein;
- left phrenic nerve injury
Transcatheter ablation of the pulmonary veins (PVs) has been established as a therapeutic option for patients with symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Cryothermal energy is an alternative energy source that has been developed to overcome some of the disadvantages of radiofrequency ablation. The major complication of the cryoballoon technique seems to be right-sided phrenic nerve injury (PNI) following ablation of the right superior PV. This case report describes a left-sided PNI after cryoballoon ablation of the left superior PV. (PACE 2012; 35:e334–e336)