Pulmonary vein edema in a patient undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery and concomitant radiofrequency ablation for chronic atrial fibrillation

Amit D. Shah, Nina Wokhlu, Mark Anderson, Daniel Shindler

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The syndrome of pulmonary vein stenosis characterized by pulmonary hypertension, dyspnea on exertion, and right heart failure, is a well-described complication of percutaneous ablation approaches, but has not been described with surgical approaches. We describe the case of a patient who developed localized edema at the pulmonary vein-left atrial junction after undergoing intraoperative radiofrequency ablation for chronic atrial fibrillation as part of CABG for severe triple vessel disease. The pulmonary vein edema resolved within 10 months suggesting that it may be a clinically silent and self-resolving phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-684
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Pulmonary vein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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