Interventions for hypertension and stroke

Retrieval of embolised left atrial appendage closure devices

EuroIntervention 2021;17:e178-e180. DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-19-01088

Shinwan Kany
Shinwan Kany1,2, MD; Stefano Bordignon1, MD; Michael Piorkowski1, MD; Shaojie Chen1, MD; K.R. Julian Chun1, MD; Shota Tohoku1, MD; Boris Schmidt1, MD
1. Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien, Frankfurt/Main, Germany; 2. University Medical Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Device embolisation is a complication after left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) and may occur in up to 0.24% cases1,2. The Munich consensus document defines the need for repeated catheterisation in case of embolisation as a major device embolisation, while a successful retrieval in the same procedure is considered a minor embolisation3. However, information on retrieval strategies for embolised LAAC devices is scarce.



The Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien (CCB) Frankfurt database was used to identify patients with LAAC device embolisations and retrieval attempts between April 2010 and October 2019.


Percutaneous LAAC retrieval was ...

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