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Retrieval of embolised left atrial appendage closure devices

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

1. Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien, Frankfurt/Main, Germany; 2. University Medical Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Introduction

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.

Methods

PATIENT COHORT

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.

DEVICE RETRIEVAL

Percutaneous LAAC retrieval was ...

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