Resolution of Heart Block After Surgical Removal of an Amplatzer Device

Joseph Clark, Devyani Chowdhury, Linda Pauliks, Howard Weber

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A large secundum atrial septal defect in a 4-year-old child was closed by percutaneous placement of an Amplatzer septal occluder (AGA Medical Corporation, Plymouth, MN). After device placement, complete heart block developed that did not resolve after 3 days of medical management. The patient subsequently underwent surgical removal of the device and suture closure of the atrial septal defect. The patient recovered conduction after the operation. We report the successful treatment of device-induced heart block with surgical removal of the device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1633
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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