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Left atrial-oesophageal fistula: a very rare, potentially fatal complication of radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation.
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PMID:  24259529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A 56-year-old man underwent radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. Four weeks later he presented with sepsis and neurological symptoms. Urine analysis demonstrated the presence of blood and protein. A CT scan showed pockets of air in the left atrium. An MRI brain scan revealed multiple cerebral abscesses. The patient developed a third heart sound and splinter haemorrhages. He was subsequently referred to cardiology for transoesophageal echocardiography after starting a course of intravenous meropenem. The cardiology team noted that this individual presented with a triad of infections, neurological sequelae and air in the left atrium after an ablation procedure and diagnosed atrio-oesophageal fistula. A decision to operate was made 9 days after admission. At surgery an area of caseous ulceration was found on the posterior wall of the left atrium overlying the oesophagus. PCR analysis revealed Mycoplasma salivarium, part of the oral flora.
Kanai Garala; Ashan Gunarathne; Martin Jarvis; Peter Stafford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ case reports     Volume:  2013     ISSN:  1757-790X     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ Case Rep     Publication Date:  2013  
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Created Date:  2013-11-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101526291     Medline TA:  BMJ Case Rep     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
University Hospitals Leicester, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK.
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