Dr. Lickfett reports honoraria and financial support for lecture travel expenses relevant to this topic. Other authors: No disclosures.
Atrioesophageal Fistula After Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein Isolation
Article first published online: 9 APR 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Volume 23, Issue 11, pages 1254–1257, November 2012
How to Cite
STÖCKIGT, F., SCHRICKEL, J. W., ANDRIÉ, R. and LICKFETT, L. (2012), Atrioesophageal Fistula After Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein Isolation. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 23: 1254–1257. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2012.02324.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2012
- Manuscript received 28 January 2012; Revised manuscript received 16 February 2012; Accepted for publication 27 February 2012.
- atrial fibrillation;
- atrioesophageal fistula;
Atrioesophageal Fistula After Cryoballoon PV Isolation. The risk of atrioesophageal fistula after cryoballoon pulmonary vein isolation is thought to be much lower than after radiofrequency ablation, seeing that no data exist on this complication so far. We report for the first time on the occurrence of an atrioesophageal fistula 4 weeks after cryoballoon ablation at the site of the left inferior pulmonary vein. We suggest that even when using cryothermal ablation technique, an imaging modality to assess the proximity of esophagus and left atrium should be routinely performed to avoid this fatal complication. (J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol, Vol. 23, pp. 1254–1257, November 2012)