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Incidental finding of a pulmonary embolus by intracardiac echocardiography during an atrial fibrillation ablation procedure

, : Incidental finding of a pulmonary embolus by intracardiac echocardiography during an atrial fibrillation ablation procedure. Europace 12(8): 1199-1200

A 71-year-old female patient was referred for catheter ablation of drug-refractory, symptomatic atrial fibrillation. Initial intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) incidentally showed a mobile embolus stuck at a bifurcation of the right pulmonary artery. The procedure was suspended and the finding was subsequently confirmed by computed tomography pulmonary angiography. This case illustrates a potential value of real-time imaging by ICE during invasive procedures.


PMID: 20466817

DOI: 10.1093/europace/euq121

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