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Chronic embolization of an atrial septal occluder device: percutaneous or surgical retrieval? A case report

Ussia, Gian Paolo; Abella, Raul; Pome, Giuseppe; Vilchez, Plinio Obregon; De Luca, Francesco; Frigiola, Alessandro; Carminati, Mario

Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: March 2007 - Volume 8 - Issue 3 - p 197–200
doi: 10.2459/01.JCM.0000260821.22220.fb
Case reports

Percutaneous closure of secundum atrial septal defects may be complicated by immediate or late device embolization. Percutaneous retrieval techniques are usually successful even if sometimes surgery is required. The optimal selection of an atrial septal defect and the choice of appropriate device sizes are fundamental to reduce the incidence of embolization. We describe a case of late device embolization occurring two years after transcatheter atrial septal defect closure and for which percutaneous retrieval was unsuccessfully attempted.

aDivision of Paediatric Cardiology, Ferrarotto Hospital, Catania, Italy

bDepartment of Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Policlinico San Donato Hospital, San Donato Milanese (MI), Italy

cNational Heart Institute, EsSalud, Lima, Peru

Received 28 September, 2005

Revised 15 November, 2005

Accepted 22 November, 2005

Correspondence to Dr Gian Paolo Ussia, U.O. di Cardiologia Pediatrica, Ospedale Ferrarotto, Via Citelli 1, 95124 Catania, Italy Tel: +39 095 743 6220; fax: +39 095 743 6268; e-mail:

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