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You are here: Contents > 2013 > Volume 22 Number 6 November 2013 > CASE REPORT > Left Ventricular Geometry and Systolic Function Improvement after Percutaneous Closure of Aortic Prosthetic Paravalvular Leak

Left Ventricular Geometry and Systolic Function Improvement after Percutaneous Closure of Aortic Prosthetic Paravalvular Leak

Eftychia Demerouti1, Evangelos Leontiadis2, George Karatasakis1, George Athanassopoulos1, Spyridon Rammos3, Gregory Pavlides2

1Noninvasive Diagnostics Department, Cardiology Section, 2Interventional Cardiology Department, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece, 3Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece

Paravalvular leak (PVL) represents a potential complication of valve replacement surgery. The ‘gold standard’ treatment for patients with severe prosthetic dysfunction, hemolysis or symptoms, is surgery. Reoperative valve surgery for such patients is related to high morbidity and mortality rate. The percutaneous closure of PVL is feasible and safe, when performed at experienced interventional cardiologic centers.

Herein, the case is reported of a patient who showed a significant improvement in left ventricular systolic function after transcatheter closure of an aortic prosthetic PVL with an Amplatzer duct occluder II (ADO ΙΙ). A review of the current literature is also provided.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2013;22:862-866


Left Ventricular Geometry and Systolic Function Improvement after Percutaneous Closure of Aortic Prosthetic Paravalvular Leak

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