Lung transplantation continues to be limited by a shortage of donor organs. We report the case of procurement and transplantation of lungs from a young donor who died from an atrioesophageal fistula, complicating catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Our case illustrates that structural damage to the left atrium is not an absolute contraindication to lung donation. As atrioesophageal fistulas are being increasingly recognized as a rare but often lethal complication of catheter ablation, such donors can contribute to the expansion of the donor pool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e121-e122
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019


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