Atrioesophageal Fistula as a Complication of Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation


ÇANAKÇI M. E. , OVALI C., AYDOĞDU İ., TİRYAKİ BAŞTUĞ B., AHMADZAI O., BOZDOĞAN R. F.

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol.36, pp.495-497, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s1049023x21000522
  • Journal Name: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.495-497
  • Keywords: atrial fibrillation, atrio-esophageal fistula, gastrointestinal bleeding, radiofrequency ablation, CATHETER ABLATION
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine.Atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) is an important complication of radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Delayed diagnosis is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Despite the name "atrioesophageal fistula,"fistulas functionally act esophageal to atrial, which accounts for the neurologic and infectious complications. This report presents the management of a 60-year-old male patient who was admitted to the emergency department (ED) with AEF-caused gastrointestinal bleeding. The patient was operated urgently, but he had serious comorbidities and died after the operation. The aim of this case was to evaluate patients who underwent RFA, within 10 days to two months, carefully in the ED and to know the possible complications.