Landiolol hydrochloride for prevention of atrial fibrillation during esophagectomy: a randomized controlled trial

JA Clin Rep. 2020 May 11;6(1):34. doi: 10.1186/s40981-020-00338-3.


Introduction: Landiolol hydrochloride reduces the incidence of perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in cardiac surgery; however, little evidence is available regarding its effects in other types of surgery, including esophagectomy. We assessed the hypothesis that landiolol reduces perioperative AF and other complications associated with esophagectomy.

Methods: This single-center, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group study enrolled patients scheduled for esophagectomy. Patients were divided into those given landiolol at 3 μg/kg/min or placebo for 24 h. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients who developed AF within 96 h starting at 9:00 AM on the day of surgery. The secondary outcomes were the proportion of patients whose AF appeared within 24 h, other complications based on the Clavien-Dindo classification, and the intensive care unit and hospital stays.

Results: Despite early study termination, 80 patients were screened, and 56 were enrolled (28/group) from September 2016 to June 2018. AF occurred within 96 h of surgery in six (21.4%) patients in the landiolol group and five (17.9%) patients in the placebo group (odds ratio, 1.26; 95% confidence interval, 0.33-4.7) and within 24 h of surgery in three (10.7%) patients in the landiolol group and two (7.1%) patients in the placebo group. There were no significant differences in the incidence of complications or in the number of intensive care unit or hospital stays between the groups.

Conclusion: Although our small sample size prevents definitive conclusions, landiolol might not reduce the occurrence of AF or other complications.

Trial registration: UMIN, UMIN000024040. Registered 13 September 2016,

Keywords: Atrial fibrillation; Esophagectomy; Intraoperative complications; Landiolol hydrochloride.