Imaging before cryoablation of atrial fibrillation: is phrenic nerve palsy predictable?

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CANPOLAT U., AYTEMİR K., Hizal M., HAZIROLAN T., YORGUN H., Sahiner L., ...More

EUROPACE, vol.16, no.4, pp.505-510, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/europace/eut155
  • Journal Name: EUROPACE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.505-510
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) with improved temporal and spatial resolution is one of the most commonly used non-invasive tests for evaluation of pulmonary veins (PVs) and adjacent structures before cryoablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Identification of spatial neighbouring of phrenic nerves is important to decrease likelihood of phrenic nerve palsy (PNP). The purpose of our study is to clarify the course of right phrenic nerve, its relations to PVs using 64-slice MDCT, and effect on occurrence of PNP.