Comparison of Complete Versus Incomplete Stent Frame Expansion After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation With Medtronic Coke Valve Bioprosthesis

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Internal Medicine (East Africa)


We sought to determine the significance of incomplete stent frame expansion after transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Medtronic-CoreValve device. Incomplete coronary stent expansion is a well-described phenomenon. Transcatheter valves are mounted on stents; however, the incidence of incomplete stent expansion after transcatheter aortic valve implantation, its sequelae and predictors are poorly elucidated. The 18Fr CoreValve revalving system was used to treat anatomically and clinically suitable patients with severe calcific aortic stenosis. The postdeployment stent dimensions were measured on fluoroscopic images at multiple levels of the stent frame. Incomplete expansion at each was defined as <100% expected and complete expansion as ≥100%. These parameters were correlated to the hemodynamic and clinical end points. A total of 50 consecutive patients underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation with the Medtronic-CoreValve at a single center from January 2007 to December 2008. For the inflow portion, incomplete expansion was seen in 54% of patients and was unrelated to the aortic valve area, peak or mean aortic valve gradients, or measures of aortic regurgitation, although it was paradoxically associated with a lower incidence of prosthesis-patient mismatch. Incomplete expansion of the constrained portion was seen in 62% of the patients and displayed a trend toward a greater incidence of aortic regurgitation grade 2 or greater, although this was rare. Incomplete expansion of the Medtronic CoreValve stent frame is common. For the most part, valvular hemodynamic function was satisfactory, regardless of the degree of expansion of the stent frame that carries it and a strategy of reluctant postdilation in the context of incomplete stent frame expansion was supported.


American Journal of Cardiology