Successful catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in a patient with dextrocardia

Takumi Yamada, Hugh Thomas McElderry, Harish Doppalapudi, Michael Platonov, Andrew E. Epstein, Vance J. Plumb, George Neal Kay

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A 49-year-old woman with dextrocardia and situs inversus underwent catheter ablation of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. A contrast injection into the left atrium revealed that the left atrial appendage (LAA) was adjacent to the right-sided (anatomic left) superior pulmonary vein (PV). After successful isolation of that PV, LAA potentials were recorded from several electrode pairs of a circular PV mapping catheter. LAA may cause similar difficulties during PVI of the right-sided superior PV in a dextrocardia patient, as during PVI of the left superior PV in a normal heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1120-1122
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


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