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Valvular and Structural Heart Diseases
Inferior epigastric artery as a landmark for transfemoral TAVI. Optimizing vascular access?
Version of Record online: 21 FEB 2013
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Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Volume 81, Issue 6, pages 1061–1066, May 2013
How to Cite
Vavuranakis, M., Kalogeras, K., Vrachatis, D., Kariori, M., Voudris, V., Aznaouridis, K., Moldovan, C., Vaina, S., Lazaros, G., Masoura, K., Thomopoulou, S. and Stefanadis, C. (2013), Inferior epigastric artery as a landmark for transfemoral TAVI. Optimizing vascular access?. Cathet. Cardiovasc. Intervent., 81: 1061–1066. doi: 10.1002/ccd.24765
- Issue online: 19 APR 2013
- Version of Record online: 21 FEB 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 29 NOV 2012 01:29PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 25 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 6 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 5 SEP 2012
- vascular complications;
- inferior epigastric artery;
- common femoral artery
This study sought to investigate whether the site of common femoral artery (CFA) cannulation in regard to the inferior epigastric artery (IEA) is associated with the incidence of vascular complications in patients undergoing transfemoral aortic valve implantation (TAVI).
Vascular access complications are a main issue during TAVI and have been associated with significant increase of morbidity and mortality. The need for establishment of reliable predictors for these serious events remains important.
A total of 90 patients, who had undergone TAVI, were retrospectively studied. Vascular complications were defined as major and minor according to the Valve Academic Research Consortium (VARC) criteria. Patients were divided into high cannulation site (CS) group and low CS group depending on the common femoral artery puncture site position, in regards to the most inferior border of the IEA.
Vascular complications were significantly more frequent in the high CS group versus the low CS group (32.3% vs. 11.9%, P = 0.039). High cannulation remained an independent predictor of vascular complications after adjustment for known risk factors (OR: 4.827, CI: 1.441–16.168; P = 0.011).
In patients undergoing transfemoral TAVI, arterial puncture above the most inferior border of the IEA is associated with vascular complications. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.