Mitral dilatation with the Multi-Track system: an alternative approach.1
Yuko ., Jowi Christine
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We developed a simple and versatile new technique (Multi-Track) for percutaneous mitral valvotomy using two two separate balloon catheters positioned on a single guidewire. The first catheter, with only a distal guidewire lumen and a proximal balloon, is introduced over the guidewire into the vein and then advanced into the mitral valve orifice. Subsequently, a normal balloon catheter running on the same guidewire is inserted and lined up with the first catheter so the two are positioned side by side. The balloons are then inflated simultaneously. The technique was applied in 12 patients between 10 and 44 years of age (mean, 27.1) and weighing 24-80 kg (mean, 50.3). Valve area increased from 0.66 cm2 (range, 0.3-0.9 cm2) to 1.97 cm2 (range, 1.3-3.1 cm2) and mean left atrial pressure dropped from 31 mmHg (range, 18-52 mmHg) to 12 mmHg (range, 5-22 mmHg). Mitral dilatation with the Multi-Track system gives results comparable to those with previously described techniques and uses simpler and less costly catheters.