Balloon Versus Computed Tomography Sizing of the Aortic Annulus for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement and the Impact of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Calcification and Morphology on Sizing.

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OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the role of balloon annular sizing in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). BACKGROUND: Multidetector cardiac computed tomography (MDCT) is the gold standard for aortic annular sizing in TAVR. Balloon sizing is increasingly used in patients with borderline annular size and severe calcification. A comparison between these two techniques is needed. METHODS: We retrospectively compared baseline characteristics and 30-day outcomes of patients undergoing balloon-expandable TAVR using annular MDCT or balloon sizing. Paravalvular leak (PVL) rates were compared adjusting for access site, valve generation, size, and valve calcification. RESULTS: A total of 205 patients underwent TAVR with MDCT (n = 110) or balloon sizing (n = 95). Balloon-sized patients were older (83 years vs 81 years; P=.03), had more valve calcification (60.2% vs 30.9%; P<.001), and underwent more minimalist TAVR (61.1% vs 40%; P=.03). Although we found no difference between balloon and MDCT sizing in rates of acute renal failure (3.2% vs 0.9%; P=.34), annular rupture (1.1% vs 1.8%; P>.99), ≥ mild PVL by angiography (40% vs 35.5%; P=.57), or 30-day transthoracic echocardiography (40.7% vs 29.3%; P=.78), balloon-sized patients had a higher aortic regurgitation index (≥25) of 74.4% vs 54.1% (P=.01). Thirty-day rates of ≥ moderate PVL were 7.0% with balloon and 5.7% with MDCT sizing (P=.34). Balloon sizing recommended a different valve size in 34.0% of patients who underwent both methods (n = 50). A different recommendation occurred more often in patients with moderate/severe annular calcification (50.0% vs 33.3%; P=.01) and non-tubular left ventricular outflow tracts (LVOTs) (70.6% vs 30.3%; P=.01). CONCLUSION: Balloon sizing can be a complement to MDCT for annular sizing in TAVR, especially in patients with moderate/severe annular calcification, borderline annular size, and non-tubular LVOT.

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Cited Authors

  • Condado, JF; Lerakis, S; Stewart, J; Jensen, H; Henry, TS; Ko, SM; Stillman, A; Rajaei, MH; Mavromatis, K; Devireddy, C; Sarin, E; Leshnower, B; Guyton, R; Kaebnick, B; Thourani, VH; Block, PC; Babaliaros, V

Published Date

  • July 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 295 - 304

PubMed ID

  • 27101969

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-2501


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States