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A Journal on Heart and Vascular Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Angiology and Vascular Pathology
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2007 October;55(5):693-701
Transcatheter closure of postinfarction ventricular septal defects
Kaulfersch C., Daehnert I., Schuler G., Thiele H.
1 Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology University of Leipzig Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany
2 Department of Pediatric Cardiology University of Leipzig Heart Center, Leipzig, Germany
Postinfarction ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a rare but fatal complication after myocardial infarction. Surgery for postinfarction VSD is considered the gold standard. However, it is associated with high morbidity and mortality, patient discomfort, need of cardiopulmonary bypass, sternotomy, and skin scarring. As a consequence, less invasive interventional techniques have been developed for postinfarction VSD closure. The current review focuses on patient selection, techniques, results, potential complications and outcome of percutaneous postinfarction closure.