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Axillary artery approach for balloon valvoplasty in young infants with severe aortic valve stenosis: medium-term results.
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PMID:  17086539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility and results of trans-axillary approach for balloon aortic valvoplasty (BAV) in early infancy. BACKGROUND: Severe aortic valve stenosis (SAVS) is rare but serious condition in infancy, which may be promptly treated either by surgical aortic valvotomy or BAV. BAV is usually performed via the femoral artery route, which is associated with significant vascular complications and long procedure times. METHODS: BAV via the trans-axillary approach was performed on twenty-seven sequential infants with SAVS presenting to a single tertiary referral center over an 11-year period. Maximum inflated balloon size was less than or equal to the aortic valve diameter. RESULTS: Twenty-seven infants aged 1-77 days underwent BAV. Weight at time of procedure was 2.0-4.42 kgs. The median procedure and screening times were 82 and 7.9 minutes, respectively. Mean instantaneous Doppler gradient across the aortic valve reduced from 68 +/- 33 to 37 +/- 14 mmHg ( p < 0.0001). Three infants developed at least moderate aortic regurgitation. Right arm pulse volume was decreased in 12 infants; 5 received an intravenous heparin infusion. Longer-term follow-up demonstrated reduced or absent peripheral pulse in 5 infants. Transection of the axillary artery occurred in one infant requiring emergency microvascular repair. There was one post-procedural and one late death due to non-cardiac causes. CONCLUSIONS: In early infancy balloon aortic valvoplasty via the axillary artery approach for severe aortic stenosis is an acceptable and safe alternative to the femoral arterial approach and results in short procedure and screening times. Longer-term vascular follow-up is required. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Jaspal S Dua; Nigel J R Osborne; Andrew J P Tometzki; Robin P Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions     Volume:  68     ISSN:  1522-1946     ISO Abbreviation:  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-27     Completed Date:  2007-02-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100884139     Medline TA:  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  929-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Congenital Heart Unit, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aortic Valve Stenosis / congenital,  therapy*
Axillary Artery
Balloon Dilatation / methods*
Infant, Newborn
Retrospective Studies
Treatment Outcome

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