A Fatal Complication due to Radiofrequency Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation: Atrio-Esophageal Fistula

( ann thorac surg 2003;76:283-3 - 2003, : )

Treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation with intraoperative radiofrequency ablation is gaining more acceptance in patients with rheumatic valve disease. Thesi article reports a case of fatal atrio-esophageal fistula after radiofrequency ablation in a patient with rheumatic mitral and aortic valve disease with chronic atrial fibrillation