Bilateral occipital lobe infarction with altitudinal field loss following radio frequency cardiac catheter ablation

Susie Luu, Andrew Lee, Celia Chen

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    Abstract

    Background: Bilateral 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 presentation: A 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.Conclusion: While the risk of thromboembolism and perioperative stroke during radiofrequency catheter ablation is small, it is not insignificant.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number14
    Pages (from-to)14-16
    Number of pages3
    JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
    Volume10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2010

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