Successful Transapical Implantation of an Edwards Sapien Valve Within an Insufficient Aortic CoreValve Prosthesis: An Initial Experience

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Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become an emerging alternative for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis unsuitable for surgical intervention. We report the case of a 26-mm Edwards Sapien valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA) implanted into an insufficient 29-mm CoreValve prosthesis (Medtronic Inc, Minneapolis, MN) 1 year after implantation using the transapical approach in a 59-year-old man. Transesophageal echocardiography showed severe paravalvular regurgitation and computed tomography revealed the CoreValve to be located slightly below the aortic annulus with evidence of underdeployment. The balloon-expandable Sapien system caused a better expansion of the underdeployed CoreValve and the pericardial skirt adequately covered the leakage. The paravalvular regurgitation disappeared and the patient recovered.

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