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You are here: Contents > 2015 > Volume 24 Number 3 May 2015 > REPLACEMENT VALVES > First Explantation of Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Valve

First Explantation of Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Valve

Smita Scholtz1, Dieter Horstkotte1, Jan Gummert2, Jochen Börgermann2, Werner Scholtz1

1Department of Cardiology and 2Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia, Ruhr University Bochum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

Next-generation transcatheter heart valves are designed to overcome procedure-related adverse events such as vascular complications and annulus rupture, and to minimize paravalvular regurgitation. The Direct Flow Medical valve is fully repositionable and shows promising results. The case is presented of Direct Flow Medical valve implantation in a patient with a functional bicuspid aortic valve. Multiple repositioning maneuvers failed to

overcome the anatomic difficulties, and this resulted in a moderately high persisting gradient and moderate paravalvular leakage. Surgical valve explantation was necessary which, to the present authors’ knowledge, is the first such case of Direct Flow Medical valve explantation to be performed.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2015;24:342-344

First Explantation of Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Valve

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