Embol-X intraaortic filter and transaortic approach for improved cerebral protection in transcatheter aortic valve implantation

Pierre Yves Etienne, Spiridon Papadatos, Denis Pieters, Elie El Khoury, Frédéric Alexis, Joel Price, David Glineur

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Techniques for transcatheter aortic valve implantation involve manipulation of the native aortic valve and the aortic arch. As a result, excellent technical outcomes of this technique remain counterbalanced by a level of neurologic complications that remain unacceptably high. We present here a report of a new potential combined approach to reduce periprocedural neurologic events. After a 6-cm J-shaped upper-mini-sternotomy, 26-mm Sapien valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA) was deployed through a transaortic approach. In addition, the Embol-X device (Edwards Lifescience) was directly inserted in the distal ascending aorta was deployed during all the procedure. Postoperative evolution was clinically uneventful. Postoperative magnetic resonance imaging revealed no new ischemic lesions in this first patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e95-e96
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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