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atrial fibrillation, esophageal perforation, esophageal stenting, esophagus, radiofrequency ablation, thoracotomy



  1. Mitchell-Brown, Fay PhD, RN, CCRN
  2. McPherrin, Mandy


Abstract: Esophageal perforation (EP) can be a complication of radiofrequency ablation, a standard treatment for certain patients with drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. This article discusses the etiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of EP, as well as nursing care for patients with EP.