Transcatheter occlusion of a large pulmonary arteriovenous malformation with use of a cardioseal device
Large pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) carry a significant risk of neurologic complications and present technical difficulties in transcatheter treatment with use of coils or detachable balloons. A 26-year-old man with a giant PAVM, who had undergone unsuccessful attempted closure with use of a Gianturco-Grifka occlusion device in the past, underwent successful transcatheter embolization with two Cardioseal double umbrella devices designed for occlusion of intracardiac communications. The procedure was technically easy, had no complications, and provided sustained improvement in arterial saturation and exercise tolerance during follow-up. Transcatheter double umbrella device occlusion of large arteriovenous malformations is feasible and should be considered, especially for very large fistulas.