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The six delicate rims that hold the ASD device together !

Posted Mar 14 2011 2:09pm

ASD device closure as a modality is constantly improving  . . . but  the consensus is  , it is  yet to catch up with  of  good old surgical  outcome . The key to success is not only in the device but hugely dependent on the technique and pre-procedure evaluation  .In fact , the pre procedure TEE imaging technique  is as important as the procedure itself.

There are lots of discussion about this particular issue. TEE is mandatory we know  but now we realise it is  still better to have a  Real time 3dimensional  (RT3D ) TEE . Rim  size  and ASD  morphology estimation is  the primary aim.

There are  at least 6 named rims for ASD. For a circular  orifice  it  may not be logical to have a fixed number of  6  rims . Ideally the entire circumference must have a rim .( This happens in  central defects )In many,  the complex anatomy of IAS does not allow this. So we are compelled to fix the number of rims to six.

  1. Aortic (Superoanterior),
  2. Mitral (AV valve/ Inferoaterior)
  3. SVC  (Superoposterior),
  4. IVC  (Inferoposterior),
  5. Posterior ( Atrial free wall ).
  6. Coronary sinus rim
One can realise how important these rims are , as  they are the   foundation tissues on which the device is going to be seated for the rest of the patients life.

When do you call a rim is adequate sized ?

5mm is  considered suffice. But it varies depending upon the device and expertise.

Can we deploy an ASD device  in patients   with deficient rims?

Logically the answer is expected  is   “No” but  , many have liberalized the criteria now , after realizing   one may  not have 5mm rim in all six sites in a given patient. If you follow this criteria strictly   you can’t do more than few devices a year !

What is the resolution power of TEE can it miss a 3mm rim  ?

TEE has a good resolution it should pickup any thing equal to 2mm or more.

Which is most important rim and which is the least important rim ?


What are the potential complications that can arise if ASD device is deployed with a critically low rim ?

Having discussed  that every rim is equally vital  ,  we  need to answer this sort of questions  often .  I am waiting to get the  practical tips for the above issue from  my experienced colleagues .  I shall post it soon .

It is sometimes assumed Aortic rim may not be that important .Here is a   good discussion  for  ASD closure with deficient aortic rim from Saudi Arabia  . http://www.rmsolutions.net/rmfiles/SHA21/028002.pdf

Meanwhile let us learn . . .

How to perform the “all important” pre- procedure TEE ?

The following article which also  includes video clippings will be immensely useful for all those enthusiastic cardiologists.Thanks to JACC  for making this link free .

Three cheers to AMRITA team from India

A stylish article on the topic


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