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New-onset Atrial Fibrillation Post-surgery for Esophageal and Junctional Cancer: Incidence, Management, and Impact on Short- and Long-term Outcomes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Mc Cormack, Orla; Zaborowski, Alex; King, Sinead; Healy, Laura; Daly, Caroline; O'Farrell, Naoimh; Donohoe, Claire L.; Ravi, Narayanasamy; Reynolds, John V.

The authors investigated the impact of new onset a-fib after esophagectomy in 437 pts.  Risk factors included age, diabetes, induction therapy, and cardiac history.  A-fib was associated with postoperative pneumonia, symptomatic pleural effusions, and an increase in C-reactive protein.  It was not associated with anastomotic leak or mortality.  92% of affected pts were discharged in sinus rhythm.  Long-term survival was not related to the development of a-fib.

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