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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 125-127

Surgical retrieval of a left atrial appendage closure device (Watchman TM) following embolization into the mitral valve


1 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK
3 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Lancashire Cardiac Centre, Blackpool, UK

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Kevin P Birmingham
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
UK
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DOI: 10.4103/cp.cp_20_19

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Percutaneous placement of occluding devices in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is now a viable alternative to established treatment methods. A favorable advantage is its minimally invasive technique, although it equally poses a risk. Unstable fixation after deployment, while uncommon, can lead to a catastrophic outcome, including damage to intracardiac structures and embolization to the aorta, causing stroke and possibly death. This can quickly become a surgical emergency that requires urgent intervention in the form of open-heart surgery.


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