Manuscript received 19 November 2006; Revised manuscript received 27 December 2006; Accepted for publication 9 January 2007.
Serious Complications from Dislocation of a Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Occluder
Version of Record online: 6 MAR 2007
Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Volume 18, Issue 8, pages 880–881, August 2007
How to Cite
STÖLLBERGER, C., SCHNEIDER, B. and FINSTERER, J. (2007), Serious Complications from Dislocation of a Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Occluder. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 18: 880–881. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8167.2007.00784.x
- Issue online: 6 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 6 MAR 2007
- atrial fibrillation;
- percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion;
- cardiac surgery
Left atrial appendage (LAA) elimination is regarded to protect patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) from stroke or embolism. The Watchman occluder is a device for percutaneous LAA occlusion and is at present investigated in the PROTECT AF trial. In a 78-year-old man, embolization of the Watchman device occurred 10 minutes after implantation. At emergency cardiac surgery, the device was removed from the aortic valve and an aortic bioprosthesis and a pacemaker had to be implanted. One year postoperatively, he still suffers from heart failure. This case shows that percutaneous LAA occlusion may result in serious complications.