Transseptal left heart catheterization: experience with a new technique in 520 pediatric and adult patients

Pediatr Cardiol. 1983 Jul-Sep;4(3):239-45. doi: 10.1007/BF02242264.


A new technique for transseptal left heart catheterization utilizing the Transseptal Introducer Set in 520 patients is described in detail. The age range of these patients was 3 months to 40 years with 30% of the patients less than 2 years old and 28% less than 10 kilograms in weight. The safety and advantages of the technique are emphasized. The introducer set and new technique make transseptal left heart catheterization a safe, versatile, and dependable approach to all areas of the left heart, particularly in infants and children with complex congenital heart lesions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Weight
  • Cardiac Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Cardiac Catheterization / instrumentation
  • Cardiac Catheterization / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant