Post-pericardiotomy syndrome following linear left atrial radiofrequency ablation

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  • Post-pericardiotomy syndrome may occur after traumatic insults to the pericardium but has not been reported after radiofrequency catheter (RF) ablation. A 54 year old man underwent extensive linear left atrial RF ablation for chronic atrial fibrillation. Five days after the procedure the patient developed signs and symptoms of the post-pericardiotomy syndrome and showed new, intense pericardial inflammation on magnetic resonance imaging. After intensive medical management, the patient recovered fully. It is believed that the patient experienced a unique complication of linear left atrial ablation, i.e., post-pericardiotomy syndrome due to extensive left atrial necrosis or direct thermal pericardial injury.
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  • Wood MA; Ellenbogen KA; Hall J; Kay GN
  • Start Page

  • 55
  • End Page

  • 57
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 1