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Transcatheter trans-apical closure of paravalvular mitral and aortic leaks using a new device: First in man experience


  • Conflict of interest: Dr. Hijazi is a consultant for Occlutech, manufacturer of the device.


This report describes the first use of a new paravalvular leak (PVL) device designed specifically to close paravalvular mitral and paravalvular aortic leaks. The first patient had severe paravalvular mitral leak that was closed using the transapical route with a rectangular designed PVL device that has an oval waist for self-centering and the second patient had moderate paravalvular aortic leak that was closed with a square designed device that has a round waist for self-centering. Both patients had complete closure. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.