Cristina Aurigemma1, MD, PhD; Francesco Burzotta1,2, MD, PhD; Enrico Romagnoli1, MD, PhD; Carlo Trani1,2, MD
1. Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy; 2. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
Figure 1. Strengths of the novel technique for percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty.
The Inoue technique is the most widely practised technique for percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty (PMV), but its equipment and technical steps differ from other contemporary structural heart interventions. This has made PMV cumbersome in countries with a low prevalence of rheumatic disease. We developed a novel technique based on the original combination of tools commonly used for other structural heart interventions.
The procedure is performed using the femoral vein to perform the PMV and the radial artery for the introduction of a pigtail catheter in the left ventricle (...