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When the Dreaded Happens: Atrio-esophageal fistula post Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation
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  • Aamer Ubaid,
  • Vinay Jahagirdar,
  • Yasser Sammour,
  • Seba Hasan,
  • Merrill Thomas,
  • Robert E. Tanenbaum
Aamer Ubaid
Department of Internal Medicine University of Missouri Kansas City Kansas City MO USA
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Vinay Jahagirdar
Department of Internal Medicine University of Missouri Kansas City Kansas City MO USA
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Yasser Sammour
Department of Internal Medicine University of Missouri Kansas City Kansas City MO USA
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Seba Hasan
Department of Critical Care University of Missouri Kansas City Kansas City MO USA
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Merrill Thomas
Department of Cardiovascular Disease St Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute Kansas City MO USA
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Robert E. Tanenbaum
Department of Cardiovascular Disease St Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute Kansas City MO USA
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Abstract

Though rare, atrio-esophageal fistula is the second most common complication of cardiac catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation; acute cardiac tamponade being the leading cause [1]. We report a case of a 64-year-old male with AEF after a catheter ablation procedure for AF, that proved to be fatal.