Background: Nowadays, transcatheter device closure of an atrial septal defect (ASD) is a standard approach in children. Potential early and long-term side effects or complications related to the metal framework of the devices are a known issue. A bioresorbable device such as the Carag Bioresorbable Septal Occluder™ (CBSO) could resolve such complications. Material and Results. The Carag Bioresorbable Septal Occluder™ (CBSO; Carag AG, Baar, Switzerland) is a self-centering double disk, repositionable, and retractable device with a bioresorbable framework (polylactic-co-glycolic acid), which is almost completely resorbed by 18-24 months postimplantation. This manuscript reports the four first-in-child ASD device closures using a CBSO. The patients' age was median (IQ1-IQ3), 4.5 years (4-7.25). Weight was 21.3 kg (17.6-32.7). We demonstrated procedural feasibility and safety. Effective defect closure with the device was 100%. Echocardiographic measurements of the thickness of the interatrial septum did not show any relevant increase over a 12-monthfollow-up period. There were no residual defects found after the procedure or later during the resorption process. The patients showed no evidence of any local or systemic inflammatory reaction.
Conclusions: The CBSO device system could offer a new treatment option for transcatheter ASD device closure in the pediatric and adult fields. In our first-in-child experience, it was effectively and safely implanted. During the first 12 months of follow-up, no complications occurred.
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