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BMC Cardiovascular Disorders

, 10:14

First Online: 17 March 2010Received: 18 November 2009Accepted: 17 March 2010DOI: 10.1186-1471-2261-10-14

Cite this article as: Luu, S.T., Lee, A.W. & Chen, C.S. BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2010 10: 14. doi:10.1186-1471-2261-10-14

Abstract

BackgroundBilateral stroke following radiofrequency catheter ablation is an unusual complication and may result in bilateral altitudinal visual field defects. Bilateral altitudinal visual field defects usually result from prechiasmal pathology causing damage to both retinas or optic nerves and rarely from bilateral symmetric damage to the post chiasmal visual pathways.

Case presentationA 48-year-old man complained of visual disturbance on wakening following radiofrequency catheter ablation. The patient had a CHADS score of 1 pre-operatively and no complications were noted intra-operatively. Examination revealed a bilateral superior altitudinal defect and MRI of the brain showed multifocal areas of infarction predominantly involving the occipital lobes which correlated to with the visual deficits.

ConclusionWhile the risk of thromboembolism and perioperative stroke during radiofrequency catheter ablation is small, it is not insignificant.

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Author: Susie T Luu - Andrew W Lee - Celia S Chen

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