Six years of experience in percutaneous closure of interatrial septal defects

César J. Villalobos, Carlos A. Carvajal, Jorge D. Mor, Jorge León, César E. Barrera, Mario Hernández, Mariana Soto, Lina González

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CONTEXT: atrial septal defects are congenital atrial septal abnormalities that comprise the interatrial communication (IAC) and the patent foramen ovale (PFO). OBJECTIVE: to analyze and evaluate the results of percutaneous closure with device in patients with interatrial septal defects in the University Hospital Santa Fe de Bogotá since the introduction of this technique in 2005 to 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: descriptive ambispective study. The population consisted of adult patients, regardless of age and gender, who underwent percutaneous closure of any atrial septal defect since the introduction of this technique in January 1st. 2005 to June 2011 in the service of hemodynamics of the University Hospital Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá. RESULTS: during this period, 53 procedures of percutaneous correction of the atrial septal defect were performed, using the Amplatzer device in 94.3% cases. 75% (27 patients) were treated on an outpatient basis, being discharged four hours after the performance of the procedure. 29.8% were men and 70.2% women with mean age 52.2 ± 15.1 years. 57.8% of patients had patent foramen ovale and of these, 54.5% had associated aneurysm. The remainder 42%, was operated for interatrial communication. CONCLUSIONS: the experience in the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota shows excellent results with a very low complication rate and clinical improvements in the long-term follow-up, factors that allow that this procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Translated title of the contributionSeis años de experiencia en el cierre percutáneo de defectos del tabique interauricular
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-186
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Colombiana de Cardiologia
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Amplatzer
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Interatrial communication
  • Percutaneous closure


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