Percutaneous Edge-to-Edge Tricuspid Valve Repair in a Patient with Cor Triatriatum Dexter: A Case Report


Background: Tricuspid regurgitation is gaining importance due to its high morbidity and mortality. Especially in the elderly, novel technologies in percutaneous therapies have become valuable options due to the commonly present high surgical risk. Case presentation: We report a case of a 78-year-old female suffering from massive tricuspid regurgitation with repetitive right-sided heart failure hospitalizations. As the patient was very frail and deemed as high surgical risk, we used the TriClip® system to improve her symptomatic status. During diagnostic work-up, an additional membrane separating the right atrium, consistent with the definition of a cor triatriatum dexter, was found. Although increasing the complexity of the procedure, implantation of 3 clips with reduction of tricuspid regurgitation to a mild-to-moderate degree was achieved without any notable complications. The patient was discharged with ameliorated symptoms on the fourth postoperative day. Conclusions: Our case highlights the feasibility of percutaneous edge-to-edge tricuspid valve repair in an elderly woman with cor triatriatum dexter. Accurate echocardiographic visualization is an absolute requirement to gain access to the tricuspid valve without interacting with prevailing additional membranes.
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