Transcatheter aortic valve implantation after heart transplantation

Giuseppe Bruschi, Federico De Marco, Jacopo Oreglia, Paola Colombo, Antonella Moreo, Benedetta De Chiara, Roberto Paino, Maria Frigerio, Luigi Martinelli, Silvio Klugmann

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Conventional cardiac surgical procedures after orthotopic heart transplantation are generally uncommon. We report the case of a 67-year-old man who had severe symptomatic aortic stenosis develop 9 years after heart transplantation. After joint evaluation of the cardiovascular team, transcatheter aortic valve implantation was preferred due to patient medical conditions. The CoreValve prosthesis (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN) was inserted percutaneously into the femoral artery. At 4 months postoperatively, the patient is asymptomatic in New York Heart Association functional class II. This case report provides evidence that transcatheter aortic valve implantation is safe and suitable for selected patients with severe aortic stenosis and a history of heart transplantation that must improve allograft function.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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