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- Rim Halaby, MD,
- Lohit Garg, MD,
- Alejandro De Feria, MD,
- Francis E. Marchlinski, MD and
- Pasquale Santangeli, MD, PhD∗ (, )@Dr_Santangeli
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Pasquale Santangeli, Electrophysiology Section, Cardiovascular Division, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Founders 9 Pavilion, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104.
A 75-year-old woman with recent left atrial appendage closure with the Watchman device (Boston Scientific, Natick, Massachusetts) presented with recurrent left pleural effusion. The constellation of chest pain, pericardial effusion, and exudative pleural effusion were suggestive of an inflammatory process precipitated by microperforation of the fixation anchors during the Watchman placement. (Level of Difficulty: Intermediate.)
This work was supported by the Mark S Marchlinski EP Research and Education Fund. Drs. Santangeli and Marchlinski are partially supported by the Winkelman Family Fund in Cardiovascular Innovation. Dr. Santangeli has been a consultant for Boston Scientific, Abbott, Biosense Webster, Baylis Medical, and InHeart. All other authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
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- Received May 8, 2020.
- Revision received July 17, 2020.
- Accepted July 28, 2020.
- 2020 The Authors