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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-24204

Salzberg, S P; Plass, A; Emmert, M Y; Desbiolles, L; Alkadhi, H; Grünenfelder, J; Genoni, M (2010). Left atrial appendage clip occlusion: Early clinical results. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 139(5):1269-1274.

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OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation puts patients at significant risk for embolic stroke originating from the left atrial appendage. Few means are available for safe, effective, and durable left atrial appendage occlusion. A new clip device was evaluated with regard to safety and effectiveness for epicardial left atrial appendage occlusion. METHODS: Patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing elective cardiac surgery through a median sternotomy were enrolled for concomitant epicardial clip placement. Early postoperative and 3-month follow-up computed tomography studies were used to assess clip stability and left atrial appendage perfusion. RESULTS: From September 2007 to December 2008, 34 patients underwent successful clip placement. No device-related complications occurred. Operative mortality was 8.8% and not study or device related. Deployment was rapid, and left atrial appendage occlusion was confirmed by intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography in all patients. In addition to excellent clinical outcomes (no stroke/transient ischemic attack), serial computed tomography demonstrated stable clip location and appendage perfusion at 3 months in all patients. CONCLUSION: Safe, effective, and durable left atrial appendage occlusion can easily be achieved with this new clip. Further trials are necessary to evaluate the role of the left atrial appendage occlusion in stroke prevention.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:May 2010
Deposited On:25 Nov 2009 14:49
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:33
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jtcvs.2009.06.033
PubMed ID:19880144

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