Balloon atrial septostomy in end-stage pulmonary hypertension guided by a novel intracardiac echocardiographic transducer

Mauro Moscucci, Ismail T. Dairywala, Stanley Chetcuti, Biju Mathew, Peng Li, Melvyn Rubenfire, Mani A. Vannan

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Abstract

Blade and balloon atrial septostomy has been used to reduce cardiopulmonary symptoms and as a bridge to lung or heart lung transplant in primary pulmonary hypertension. Due to severe right atrial dilatation and resultant loss of anatomical landmarks, the procedure is technically difficult, and the reported postprocedure mortality rate varies between 5% and 50%. Among others, marked systemic desaturation and systemic hypotension presumably secondary to an excessively large atrial septal defect have been reported as causes of postprocedure death. We report a case where a novel intracardiac catheter-based phased-array 5.5-10 MHz transducer with spectral and color-flow Doppler capabilities was used to assist a balloon atrial septostomy and to obtain hemodynamic data in a patient with end-stage pulmonary hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-534
Number of pages5
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Atrial septostomy
  • Intracardiac echocardiography
  • Phased-array catheters
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Transseptal catheterization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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