Balloon Aortic Valvoplasty in Patient With Severe Calcific Aortic Stenosis and Cardiogenic Shock

Leandro M. A. Costa, Paulo C. Rezende, Cibele L. Garzillo, Eduardo G. Lima, Whady Hueb


The standard treatment of calcific aortic stenosis (AS) is aortic valve replacement (AVR). However, as population has become older, the number of patients who have prohibitive surgical risk is increasing. Although transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been indicated to some of these high-risk patients, its indication is limited because of anatomical contraindications, unstable clinical situations and financial problems. Thus, in experienced hands, the option for balloon aortic valvoplasty (BAV) should be considered, as it may be a good alternative to selected patients to ameliorate symptoms and prolong survival. In this report, we describe the case of an old patient with severe AS who evolved with cardiogenic shock and had contraindications to surgery and transcatheter valve implantation and who was successfully treated by BAV.

J Med Cases. 2014;5(11):583-586


Aortic valve stenosis; Cardiogenic shock; Interventional radiology; Survival

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