Atrial Flutter Ablation and Risk of Right Coronary Artery Injury

Basel Al Aloul, Gardar Sigurdsson, Selcuk Adabag, Jian-Ming Li, Richard Dykoski, Venkatakrishna N. Tholakanahalli


Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of atrial flutter (AFL) is a commonly performed procedure with low risk of complications. Several case reports and animal studies cautioned about the risk of right coronary artery (RCA) injury following AFL ablation. This risk is due to the anatomic proximity of the RCA to the cavo-tricuspid isthmus where ablation is performed. We present a case report that demonstrates postmortem evidence of RCA injury following RFA of AFL.

J Clin Med Res. 2015;7(4):270-273


Atrial flutter; Coronary artery; Cardiac arrhythmia; Myocardial infarction; Radiofrequency catheter ablation

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