Awake Transapical Aortic Valve Implantation Using Thoracic Epidural Anesthesia


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Abstract

Transapical aortic valve implantation is a minimally invasive, beating-heart procedure that normally requires a general anesthetic. We herein report an 85-year-old patient with impaired pulmonary function who underwent successful transapical aortic valve implantation while awake, using a thoracic epidural anesthetic.

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