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Massive Air Embolism During Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Averting Disaster in a Time of Crisis


A 62-year-old male with symptomatic persistent atrial fibrillation underwent radiofrequency catheter ablation. During exchange of the saline irrigation bag, the patient developed sudden hypotension and bradycardia and was found to have a massive air embolism. Air was successfully aspirated with catheters, and the patient did not suffer any permanent sequelae. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.).

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