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Invasive electrophysiology
Thoracoscopic Ex-Maze III procedure and radiofrequency catheter ablation – a hybrid therapy for permanent atrial fibrillation. A case report

Jacek Majewski, Krzysztof Bartuś, Bogusław Kapelak, Jacek Myć, Jerzy Sadowski, Jacek Lelakowski
Kardiol Pol 2009;67(9):1044-1047.

open access

Vol 67, No 9 (2009)
Other
Published online: 2009-10-12
Submitted: 2012-12-28

Abstract

We desribe a case of a 57-year-old patient with persistent longstanding atrial fibrillation (AF) in whom paracardioscopic Ex-Maze III procedure converted AF to typical counterclockwise atrial flutter. Subsequent catheter RF ablation of cavo-tricuspid isthmus restored sinus rhythm. We propose that the hybrid therapy including thoracoscopic maze procedure and catheter RF ablation of flutter isthmus might be effective in some patients with permanent AF. To the best of our knowledge this approach was never published before.

Abstract

We desribe a case of a 57-year-old patient with persistent longstanding atrial fibrillation (AF) in whom paracardioscopic Ex-Maze III procedure converted AF to typical counterclockwise atrial flutter. Subsequent catheter RF ablation of cavo-tricuspid isthmus restored sinus rhythm. We propose that the hybrid therapy including thoracoscopic maze procedure and catheter RF ablation of flutter isthmus might be effective in some patients with permanent AF. To the best of our knowledge this approach was never published before.
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Keywords

atrial fibrillation; atrial flutter; RF ablation; paracardioscopic Ex-Maze

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Title

Invasive electrophysiology
Thoracoscopic Ex-Maze III procedure and radiofrequency catheter ablation – a hybrid therapy for permanent atrial fibrillation. A case report

Journal

Kardiologia Polska (Polish Heart Journal)

Issue

Vol 67, No 9 (2009)

Pages

1044-1047

Published online

2009-10-12

Bibliographic record

Kardiol Pol 2009;67(9):1044-1047.

Keywords

atrial fibrillation
atrial flutter
RF ablation
paracardioscopic Ex-Maze

Authors

Jacek Majewski
Krzysztof Bartuś
Bogusław Kapelak
Jacek Myć
Jerzy Sadowski
Jacek Lelakowski

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