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Vol. 71. Issue 11.
Pages 972 (November 2018)
Vol. 71. Issue 11.
Pages 972 (November 2018)
Image in cardiology
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Chimney Stent Technique in a Valve-in-valve Procedure
Stent en chimenea en un procedimiento de valve-in-valve
Francisco Hidalgo
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, Soledad Ojeda, Miguel Romero
Departamento de Cardiología, Hospital Reina Sofía, Universidad de Córdoba, Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba (IMIBIC), Córdoba, Spain
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An 80-year-old patient underwent implantation of a 19-mm Mitroflow biological prosthesis in 2010. Currently, he has shown evidence of severe symptomatic degeneration (Figure 1A and B). A surgical reoperation was rejected, and the patient was scheduled for percutaneous CoreValve implantation. As the left common trunk (LCT) arose from a very low position, we decided to protect it by passing a coronary guidewire. At the moment the distal two-thirds of the valve was released, we observed complete closure of the LCT, associated with a marked ST segment decrease and equalization of the pulmonary and systemic pressures (Figure 1C and D). We then recaptured the device and used the “chimney stent technique” to place a 4 × 23-mm drug-eluting stent (Figure 1E). Once coronary flow had been secured, we proceeded to release the valve. Posterior aortography confirmed LCT patency and adequate performance of the prosthesis, with a significant reduction in the hemodynamic gradient (Figure 1F and Figure 2A-D). Finally, we performed coronary stent postdilatation with a 5-mm balloon. Before the patient was discharged, computed tomography study was carried out to verify that the outcome and anatomic relationship between the 2 devices were adequate (Figure 2B and C).

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To our knowledge, this is the first time the chimney stent technique has been used in Spain on an ultra-small Mitroflow prosthesis after noting complete LCT closure at provisional release of the valve.

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Revista Española de Cardiología (English Edition)

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