Acute Gastric Dysfunction After Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

Alicia M. Alvarez, Sandra Rodriguez, Kanwarpreet Tandon, Roger J. Charles


Gastroparesis is a chronic disorder characterized by slow gastric emptying in the absence of mechanical obstruction. Rarely, acute cases of gastroparesis can present as an extracardiac complication caused by vagus nerve injury following radiofrequency ablation for the treatment of refractory atrial fibrillation. This presentation is rare and may present a challenge for management since only a few cases have been described in the literature. We report a case of acute delayed gastric empting as a consequence of percutaneous catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, which improved after symptomatic treatment with prokinetic agents.

J Med Cases. 2015;6(4):143-145


Gastroparesis; Delayed gastric emptying; Gastric dysfunction

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