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Catheter Entrapment in a Pulmonary Vein: A Unique Complication of Pulmonary Vein Isolation

Pierre Monney, MD; Patrizio Pascale, MD; Martin Fromer, MD; Etienne Pruvot, MD
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From the Service de Cardiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Correspondence to: Etienne Pruvot, MD, Service de Cardiologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland; e-mail: etienne.pruvot@chuv.ch


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© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;138(2):422-425. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2675
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Ablation strategies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) are associated with several potential complications. During electro-anatomic mapping of the left atrium (LA) before ablation, the ablation catheter was entrapped in the right inferior pulmonary vein (RIPV). After multiple unsuccessful gentle tractions, stronger maneuvers with rotation of the catheter slowly allowed its retrieval. Examination of the catheter showed a thin, translucent membrane covering its tip, suggesting complete stripping of a vein branch. Occlusion of the superior branch of the RIPV was confirmed by LA angiogram. During the following days, no pericardial effusion was noted, but the patient complained of light chest pain and mild hemoptysis, spontaneously resolving within 48 h. This case shows that catheter entrapment and mechanical disruption of a PV branch can be a rare potential complication of AF ablation. In this case, the outcome was spontaneously favorable and symptoms only included transient mild hemoptysis.

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