Novel percutaneous transcatheter intervention for refractory active endocarditis as a bridge to surgery–angiovac aspiration system


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Correspondence to: Abhay A. Divekar, MBBS, MD, FRCPC, FSCAI, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Radiology, Director Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Director of Cardiac Translational Research, Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center, University of Iowa Children's Hospital, 200 Hawkins Drive, 2836 JPP, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA. E-mail:


Guidelines for the treatment of active right-sided endocarditis are not well defined. We report the first novel use of an aspiration catheter system for transcatheter therapy of refractory active right sided endocarditis on a bioprosthetic valve in a high-risk surgical patient as a bridge to surgical intervention. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.