Atrioesophageal fistula is a rare yet devastating complication of transcatheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. This condition requires urgent intervention, but the optimal treatment strategy is yet to be defined. Reported therapies range from endoscopic stenting to direct atrial repair or reconstruction while on cardiopulmonary bypass. Here, we describe the successful management of an atrioesophageal fistula by cervical esophageal ligation and decompression, along with gastric drainage.
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