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Strategies to minimize the risk of esophageal injury during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Bahnson, TD
Published in: Pacing Clin Electrophysiol
February 2009

Esophageal injury is a rare but serious complication of catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation using radiofrequency energy. Recent studies have begun to identify variables that may determine heat transfer to and thermal injury of the esophagus. There is significant variability in the relationship between the esophagus and left atrium among individuals. New imaging techniques can facilitate assessment of esophagus position relative to intended ablation targets. Strategies to minimize the risk of esophageal injury include avoidance of ablation near the esophagus, titration of RF energy delivery at the posterior left atrial endocardium, and the use of alternative ablation methods.

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Published In

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol

DOI

EISSN

1540-8159

Publication Date

February 2009

Volume

32

Issue

2

Start / End Page

248 / 260

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Wounds, Penetrating
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted
  • Humans
  • Esophagus
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Cardiovascular System & Hematology
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 3201 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Bahnson, T. D. (2009). Strategies to minimize the risk of esophageal injury during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, 32(2), 248–260. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-8159.2008.02210.x
Bahnson, Tristram D. “Strategies to minimize the risk of esophageal injury during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 32, no. 2 (February 2009): 248–60. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-8159.2008.02210.x.
Bahnson, Tristram D. “Strategies to minimize the risk of esophageal injury during catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation.Pacing Clin Electrophysiol, vol. 32, no. 2, Feb. 2009, pp. 248–60. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/j.1540-8159.2008.02210.x.

Published In

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol

DOI

EISSN

1540-8159

Publication Date

February 2009

Volume

32

Issue

2

Start / End Page

248 / 260

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Wounds, Penetrating
  • Surgery, Computer-Assisted
  • Humans
  • Esophagus
  • Catheter Ablation
  • Cardiovascular System & Hematology
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 3201 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences