Percutaneous balloon atrioseptostomy for left heart discharge in extracorporeal life support patients with persistent pulmonary edema

Mathieu Bignon, Vincent Roule, Ziad Dahdouh, Rémi Sabatier, Thérèse Lognoné, Guillaume Malcor, Moussa Idali, Calin Ivascau, Massimo Massetti, Gilles Grollier

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Aims: In severe myocardial dysfunction, extracorporeal life support (ECLS) can preserve organ perfusion. Occasionally, the high resulting afterload can lead to refractory pulmonary edema. We report our experience with percutaneous balloon atrioseptostomy used in this circumstance to discharge the left heart and prevent worsening pulmonary congestion. Methods and results: Between October 2002 and December 2009, 5 patients, with a mean age of 39 years, who were under peripheral ECLS underwent percutaneous balloon atrioseptostomy for refractory worsening pulmonary edema as determined by clinical, radiological, and echocardiographic criteria. Myocardial dysfunction was related to drug poisoning in 2 cases and to myocarditis in the 3 others. Atrioseptostomy successfully improved pulmonary edema and echocardiographic indices of left ventricular function in all cases. Four patients were eventually discharged. The fifth patient died in hospital due to multiorgan failure. Conclusions: In our experience, percutaneous balloon atrioseptostomy appeared to be a rapid, effective, and minimally invasive technique for offloading the left heart of patients with a reversible cardiac dysfunction under ECLS and suffering from refractory pulmonary edema. © 2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)62-67
Numero di pagine6
RivistaJournal of Interventional Cardiology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Angioplasty, Balloon, Coronary
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Extracorporeal Circulation
  • Female
  • Femoral Artery
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Imaging
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


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