Goose-neck snare-assisted transcatheter ASD closure: A safety procedure for large and complex ASDs

Gianfranco Butera, Nicusor Lovin, Domenica Paola Basile, Mario Carminati

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Objective: To report on a new technique that increases the safety of percutaneous atrial septal defect (ASD) closure using a goose-neck snare system. Background: ASD transcatheter closure is a widespread procedure. However, in some cases, ASDs may be large and with soft rims. In these situation, a potential risk exists for device malposition or embolization. Methods: When transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) evaluation and balloon sizing showed large defects with floppy rims the chosen Amplatzer device was implanted in a standard way. In large defects with floppy rims, before release a 5-mm goose-neck snare with its 4 Fr catheter was placed across the delivery cable and fixed to catch the screwing mechanism of implanted Amplatzer device. The delivery cable was unscrewed and the device reached its final position without any tension. If the position was considered satisfactory the device was released from the goose-neck snare. Results: Thirteen patients had a snare-assisted ASD transcatheter closure. Median device size was 24 mm (range 14-38 mm). Retrieval or repositioning of the device using the goose-neck snare was performed in four cases: in three patients, because of device malposition after delivery cable release and in one patient, because of unsuitability of closure of a second significant defect. Furthermore, in two subjects with multiple ASDs, a second fenestration looked quite significant with the device still attached to the delivery cable while it appeared smaller after release. Conclusions: Snare-assisted Amplatzer ASD device placement is a new method for ASD percutaneous closure and adds safety to the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Atrial septal defect
  • Closure
  • Complication
  • Transcatheter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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