J Korean Neurol Assoc.  2013 Nov;31(4):282-285.

Cerebral Infarction After Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation in Patients With Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Korea University College of medicine, Seoul, Korea. kh.cho.neuro@gmail.com

Abstract

Radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) is a useful treatment for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. RFCA can cause cerebral infarction that remains the neurologic deficit if prompt managements are delayed. We report on 3 patients who developed cerebral infarctions immediately after RFCA. Periprocedural anticoagulation such as warfarin should be continued for patients, even if they are at low risk for cerebral infarction.

Keyword

Radiofrequency catheter ablation; Atrial fibrillation; Cerebral infarction

MeSH Terms

Atrial Fibrillation*
Catheter Ablation*
Cerebral Infarction*
Humans
Neurologic Manifestations
Warfarin
Warfarin
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