Baffle puncture guided by transoesophageal echocardiography in a patient with dextrocardia and Mustard correction

Bruno Schwagten, Luc Jordaens, E Jessurun, Maarten Witsenburg, Michael Scheffer, T (Tamás) Szili-Torok

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A baffle puncture is a challenging procedure but can be safely done using direct visualization of the region of interest. To our knowledge, however, it has never been performed in a patient with dextrocardia. We present a 62-year-old male with dextrocardia, right isomerism, congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, persistent left-sided superior and inferior caval veins, atrial septum defect, and pulmonary valve stenosis. The atrial septum defect was surgically closed with a Teflon((R)) patch, a variant Mustard operation was performed, and also a prosthetic tricuspid valve was implanted. The patient developed multiple episodes of atrial tachycardia leading to acute heart failure on many occasions. An electrophysiological study was undertaken in order to create a bi-atrial electro-anatomical map. Owing to the presence of a prosthetic tricuspid valve, the femoral venous access was used and a baffle puncture was performed using continuous monitoring with fluoroscopy and transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE). The baffle puncture was successful and the tachycardia was ablated in the systemic venous atrium. To our knowledge, we present the very first case report demonstrating a successful baffle puncture in a patient with dextrocardia and Mustard correction. Direct imaging using TEE seems to be a very useful tool for guiding the puncture.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Echocardiography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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