Coronary Artery Fistula: Management and Intermediate-Term Outcome after Transcatheter Coil Occlusion


During the last 2 decades, transcatheter occlusion of coronary artery fistulae has developed into a safe and effective therapy for children. This procedure avoids the need for open surgical repair and the attendant complications of cardiopulmonary bypass and median sternotomy. The long-term outcome in patients after transcatheter occlusion remains unknown. We describe the intermediate-term progress of 4 such patients after coil occlusion of coronary artery fistulae. Persistent coronary artery dilatation was present in all patients reviewed, as late as 4 years after occlusion.

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