We report the case of an 85-year-old woman with severe aortic stenosis who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement with use of the Edwards Sapien(®) valve system. The procedure was complicated by rupture of the valve-deployment balloon, with separation and retention of the nose cone of the RetroFlex 3(®) delivery system in the iliac artery. Our endovascular retrieval of the equipment was successful, and we achieved access-site hemostasis by deploying a covered stent. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the endovascular retrieval of a malfunctioning delivery system during transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Keywords: Aged, 80 and over; cardiac catheterization/adverse effects; endovascular procedures/adverse effects/instrumentation; equipment failure; heart valve prosthesis implantation/adverse effects; iliac artery/injuries; treatment outcome.