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Atrial Septal Defect (contd.)
Treatment Transcatheter Closure.

An alternative to open heart surgery in the treatment of ASDs is the use of devices that are introduced into the heart with the use of a catheter during a catheterization procedure.

Before closing an ASD with a transcatheter device, the size of the hole or holes must be determined.  One way to accomplish this is to use the Amplatzer Sizing Balloon.  A catheter containing a balloon is introduced into the heart and the balloon is inflated to measure the diameter of the ASD.  These are radiopaque markers at regular intervals on the balloon which may be read radio metrically, with ultrasound, or with a sizing plate.

validated by: Dr Raju Vyas. Sr Consultant, CTVS, Fortis Shalimar Bagh.
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