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Lobectomy for pulmonary vein occlusion secondary to radiofrequency ablation.
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PMID:  20384659     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Pulmonary vein stenosis, a recognized complication of transcatheter radiofrequency ablation in the left atrium, is often asymptomatic. Significant stenosis is commonly treated with percutaneous balloon dilation with or without stenting. We encountered a case of complete pulmonary vein occlusion that caused lobar thrombosis, pleuritic pain, and persistent cough. Imaging studies revealed virtually no perfusion to the affected lobe. A lobectomy was performed, resolving the persistent cough and pain. Pulmonary vein occlusion should be suspected in patients who present with pulmonary symptoms after having undergone ablative procedures for atrial fibrillation. This condition may necessitate surgical intervention if interventions such as balloon dilation or stenting are not possible or are ineffective. 
Matthew A Steliga; Maaz Ghouri; Ali Massumi; Ross M Reul
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1540-8167     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cardiovasc. Electrophysiol.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010756     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1055-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Texas Heart Institute, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA.
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