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You are here: Contents > 2016 > Volume 25 Number 1 January 2016 > REPLACEMENT DEVICE EVALUATION > Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Implantation in a Degenerated Mitral Bioprosthesis Using a Trans-Septal Anterograde Approach and 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography Guidance

Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Implantation in a Degenerated Mitral Bioprosthesis Using a Trans-Septal Anterograde Approach and 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography Guidance

Piotr N. Rudzinski1, Zofia Dzielinska1, Adam Witkowski2, Marek Konka3, Kulej-Lyko Katarzyna4, Marcin Demkow1

Departments of 1Coronary and Structural Heart Diseases, 2Interventional Cardiology and Angiology and 3Congenital Heart Diseases, Institute of Cardiology, Warsaw, 4Department of Cardiology, 4th Military Clinical Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland

Degenerated and dysfunctional prosthetic valves are usually replaced surgically. However, repeated cardiac surgery can cause prohibitive risk, especially in patients with many associated co-morbidities. Transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation (TVIV) is a novel, technically very challenging, but less invasive alternative treatment for patients with unacceptably high surgical risk of degenerated prosthetic valves. The method is attractive because it takes advantage of the presence of the degenerated prosthesis, which serves as an anchoring zone. Here, the case is presented of TVIV in

 

an 82-year-old female with significant stenosis of a biological mitral prosthesis. In 2011, Himbert et al. were the first to successfully insert a transcatheter heart valve in the mitral ring using a transfemoral approach. To date, only a small case series has been reported on the effectiveness of TVIV using a transfemoral venous access and a trans-septal anterograde approach. The present patient was the first in which TVIV was performed in Poland and Eastern Europe.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2016;25:90-92

Transcatheter Valve-in-Valve Implantation in a Degenerated Mitral Bioprosthesis Using a Trans-Septal Anterograde Approach and 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography Guidance

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