Transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation: valve technology and procedural outcome

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Abstract

Purpose of review

Procedural technique and short-term outcomes of transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation (TPVI) have been widely described. The purpose of this article is to provide an update on current valve technology, and to focus on recent data surrounding TPVI in the dilated right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT), hybrid interventions, significant outcomes, and procedural costs.

Recent findings

Transcatheter valve technology has expanded with current trials evaluating self-expandable valves that can be implanted in dilated RVOTs. Until those valves are widely available, hybrid techniques have been shown to offer a potential alternative in these patients, as well as in patients of small size. Although medium-term results of TPVI have shown 5-year freedom from reintervention or replacement of 76%, new data have underlined some concerns relating to bacterial endocarditis after the procedure. Procedural costs remain a concern, but vary greatly between institutions and healthcare systems.

Summary

TPVI has emerged as one of the most innovative procedures in the treatment of patients with dysfunctional RVOT and pulmonary valves. Further device development is likely to expand the procedure to patients of smaller size and with complex, dilated RVOTs.

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