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Protection of the Esophagus During Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Mahmoud Houmsse,
  • Emile Daoud
Mahmoud Houmsse
The Ohio State university

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Emile Daoud
Ohio State University
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Esophageal injury still occurs with high frequency during ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study is to provide a review of methods to protect the esophagus from injury during AF ablation. Despite advances in imaging and ablation, the potential risk of esophageal injury during AF ablation remains an important concern with a high occurrence of esophageal injury (≈15%). There have been numerous studies evaluating varied techniques for esophageal protection including active cooling and displacement of the esophagus. These techniques are reviewed in this manuscript as well as the role of esophageal protection in managing patients undergoing AF ablation procedure.
04 Dec 2020Submission Checks Completed
04 Dec 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Dec 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
07 Dec 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
02 Jan 20211st Revision Received
06 Jan 2021Submission Checks Completed
06 Jan 2021Assigned to Editor
06 Jan 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
11 Jan 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
Oct 2021Published in Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology volume 32 issue 10 on pages 2824-2829. 10.1111/jce.14934