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Device closure of fenestrated atrial septal defects: use of a single Amplatz atrial septal occluder after balloon atrial septostomy to create a single defect

Device closure of fenestrated atrial septal defects: use of a single Amplatz atrial septal occluder after balloon atrial septostomy to create a single defect

Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 52(2): 203-207

Successful transcatheter device closure of secundum atrial septal defect has achieved worldwide acceptance with the clinical use of the Amplatz atrial septal occluder. However, device closure of multiple fenestrated secundum atrial septal defects remains a challenge for the interventionist and in some cases may be only effectively closed surgically. This case report of multiple fenestrated atrial septal defects represents a further expansion of technologic efforts to improve the results and simplify the mechanism of device closure of fenestrated defects. When device closure with more than one device seems impractical or disadvantageous, consolidation of multiple defects in a fenestrated fossa ovalis by simple balloon atrial septostomy as demonstrated by this case report provides an easy mechanism to allow implantation of a single large device which will effectively close all of the defects. This approach is similar to the surgical approach for resection of the fenestrated membrane with secondary patch closure of the enlarged defect. Excellent and complete closure of a fenestrated secundum atrial septal defect is illustrated in this case report.

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DOI: 10.1002/1522-726x(200102)52:2<203::aid-ccd1048>3.0.co;2-p

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