Technical report

Usefulness of a novel balloon-expandable vascular sheath for facilitated large-bore arterial access for transcatheter aortic valve implantation

EuroIntervention 2011;6:893-894.

Holger Eggebrecht
Holger Eggebrecht1*, MD, FESC; Philipp Kahlert1, MD; Matthias Thielmann2, MD; Björn Plicht1, MD; Raimund Erbel1, MD, FESC
1. Department of Cardiology, West-German Heart Center Essen, University of Duisburg- Essen, Essen, Germany; 2. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, West-German Heart Center Essen, University of Duisburg- Essen, Essen, Germany

Vascular access remains a major challenge in transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) due to the need of large-bore introducer sheaths, ranging between 18 and 24 Fr inner diameter (outer diamet

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