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Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2008 Mar;5(3):140-7. doi: 10.1038/ncpcardio1112. Epub 2008 Jan 15.

Surgery Insight: percutaneous treatment of prosthetic paravalvular leaks.

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Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. ravinay.bhindi@cardiov.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

Serious paravalvular leakage occurs in 1-5% of patients who have undergone surgical cardiac valve replacement procedures. Clinical manifestations include hemolysis, heart failure and arrhythmias. Presently, the gold standard treatment for severe paravalvular leakage is surgery; however, the outcomes remain far from optimum. In this Review we discuss the problem of paravalvular leak and focus on the role of percutaneous repair as a treatment option.

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18212771
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10.1038/ncpcardio1112
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