Percutaneous closure of an aortic prosthetic paravalvular leak with an Amplatzer duct occluder


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Abstract

Following aortic valve replacement, up to 5% of patients may develop clinically significant paravalular leaks. Reoperation is associated with higher mortality and an excess risk of recurrent paravalvular insufficiency. No specifically designed transcatheter device is available for paravalular leak repair. We describe in a patient with severe aortic prosthetic paravalvular leak the use of an Amplatzer duct occluder device resulting in effective closure and symptomatic improvement.

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