Lobectomy for pulmonary vein occlusion secondary to radiofrequency ablation

Matthew A. Steliga, Maaz Ghouri, Ali Massumi, Ross M. Reul

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Pulmonary Vein Occlusion After RF Ablation. Pulmonary vein stenosis, a recognized complication of transcatheter radiofrequency ablation in the left atrium, is often asymptomatic. Significant stenosis is commonly treated with percutaneous balloon dilation with or without stenting. We encountered a case of complete pulmonary vein occlusion that caused lobar thrombosis, pleuritic pain, and persistent cough. Imaging studies revealed virtually no perfusion to the affected lobe. A lobectomy was performed, resolving the persistent cough and pain. Pulmonary vein occlusion should be suspected in patients who present with pulmonary symptoms after having undergone ablative procedures for atrial fibrillation. This condition may necessitate surgical intervention if interventions such as balloon dilation or stenting are not possible or are ineffective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1058
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • atrial fibrillation
  • lobectomy
  • pulmonary vein stenosis
  • radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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