Secondary Logo

Journal Logo

Institutional members access full text with Ovid®

Atrioesophageal Fistula After Radiofrequency Ablation Presenting With Status Epilepticus: A Case Report

Pham, Vinh K. MD; Salgado, Fernando MD

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001085
Case Reports

Radiofrequency (RF) ablation for atrial fibrillation is commonly performed. Atrioesophageal fistulas are an uncommon complication of RF ablation and can present with status epilepticus due to an extensive vascular air embolus. Initial treatment may require a high level of suspicion of this rare occurrence to help prevent further injury and increase the likelihood of a meaningful recovery.

From the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, Kansas.

Accepted for publication July 31, 2019.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to Vinh K. Pham, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, 929 N St Francis, Room 8074, Wichita, KS 67214. Address e-mail to

Copyright © 2019 International Anesthesia Research Society
You currently do not have access to this article

To access this article:

Note: If your society membership provides full-access, you may need to login on your society website