Percutaneous closure of prosthetic paravalvular leaks - should it be considered the first therapeutic option?

@article{Costa2017PercutaneousCO,
  title={Percutaneous closure of prosthetic paravalvular leaks - should it be considered the first therapeutic option?},
  author={Marco Costa},
  journal={Revista portuguesa de cardiologia : orgao oficial da Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia = Portuguese journal of cardiology : an official journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology},
  year={2017},
  volume={36 7-8},
  pages={
          495-497
        }
}
Paravalvular leak (PVL) is one of the most common complications of surgical implantation of mechanical or biological valve prostheses and, more recently, with percutaneous valve replacement. Its incidence ranges, according to the series, between 2 and 10% for aortic valves and 7 and 17% for mitral valves. Although most patients with PVL have few or no symptoms and are accordingly treated conservatively, some leaks can lead to an unfavorable clinical outcome, including heart failure (HF… CONTINUE READING

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