Amplatzer left atrial appendage occlusion through a patent foramen ovale.


OBJECTIVES To assess feasibility and outcomes of left atrial appendage (LAA) closure when using a patent foramen ovale (PFO) for left atrial access. BACKGROUND Because of the fear of entering the left atrium too high, using a PFO for left atrial access during LAA occlusion (LAAO) is generally discouraged. We report our single-center experience using a concomitant PFO for LAAO, thereby avoiding transseptal puncture. METHODS LAAO was performed with local anesthesia and fluoroscopic guidance only (no echocardiography). The Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP) was used in all patients. After LAAO, the PFO was closed at the same sitting, using an Amplatzer occluder through the ACP delivery sheath. Patients were discharged the same or the following day on dual antiplatelet therapy for 1-6 months, at which time a follow-up transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) was performed. RESULTS In 49 (96%) of 51 patients (35 males, age 70.9 ± 11.9 years), LAAO was successful using the PFO for left atrial access. In one patient, a long tunnel PFO precluded LAAO, which was performed via a more caudal transseptal puncture. In a second patient, a previously inserted ASD occluder precluded LAAO, which was abandoned because of pericardial bleeding. PFO closure was successful in all patients. Follow-up TEE was performed in 43 patients 138 ± 34 days after the procedure. It showed proper sitting of both devices in all patients. CONCLUSIONS Using a PFO for LAAO had a high success rate and could be the default access in all patients with a PFO, potentially reducing procedural complications arising from transseptal puncture.

DOI: 10.1002/ccd.25354

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@article{Koermendy2014AmplatzerLA, title={Amplatzer left atrial appendage occlusion through a patent foramen ovale.}, author={Dezsoe Koermendy and Fabian P Nietlispach and Samera Shakir and Steffen Gloekler and Peter M . Wenaweser and Stephan Windecker and Ahmed Anwer Khattab and Bernhard Meier}, journal={Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions}, year={2014}, volume={84 7}, pages={1190-6} }