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Radiofrequency ablation-induced esophageal perforation

Mitchell-Brown, Fay, PhD, RN, CCRN; McPherrin, Mandy

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000545019.91166.17

Abstract: Esophageal perforation (EP) can be a complication of radiofrequency ablation, a standard treatment for certain patients with drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. This article discusses the etiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of EP, as well as nursing care for patients with EP.

Explore the pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, and nursing care for patients who develop an esophageal perforation following this common treatment for drug-refractory symptomatic atrial fibrillation.

At California State University, Chico, Fay Mitchell-Brown is an assistant professor and Mandy McPherrin is a second semester nursing student.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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