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Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb 1;26(2):360-361. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivx296.

The Bridge Occlusion Balloon as a safety net in a high-risk transvenous lead extraction procedure.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Heart Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.


Injuries to the superior vena cava (SVC) during transvenous lead extraction (TLE) procedures are a rare but life-threatening complication. The Bridge Occlusion Balloon (BOB) is specifically designed for temporary SVC occlusion in TLE procedures. We report the first case of a 27-year-old man using the BOB as a safety net in a high-risk TLE procedure. This patient, with a congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries and a third-degree atrioventricular block, presented with 4 dysfunctional pacemaker leads, venous stenosis and the necessity for a new pacemaker system. The leads were implanted for 10 and 19 years. The BOB was placed with a radiopaque marker at the cavoatrial junction and was inflated with 46 ml of an 80/20 saline/contrast agent mixture. An angiography was performed to confirm SVC occlusion. With the deflated balloon in place, the TLE procedure with laser and mechanical sheaths was performed. Successful extraction of 2 dysfunctional leads, as well as venous recanalization, for the new right atrial and right ventricular lead implantation was achieved. We have shown the feasibility of using powered extraction sheaths with a deflated BOB in place. This allows for immediate balloon inflation, in case of an SVC perforation.


Bridge Occlusion Balloon; Lead extraction; Superior vena cava

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