Surgical Options to Tackle Coronary Artery Kinking in Thoracoscopic Left Atrial Appendage Clipping

Sevasti-Maria Chaldoupi, Samuel Heuts, Jindrich Vainer, Bart Maesen*

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To close the left atrial appendage during thoracoscopic ablation of atrial fibrillation, the use of a clipping device has proven to be an elegant and efficacious technique. Although very rare, adequate ostial appendage clipping can provoke coronary artery kinking and thus lead to cardiac ischemia. We describe a minimally invasive surgical technique to deal with this potentially serious complication. (C) 2020 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E119-E121
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

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