Transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects

Hailey D, Topfer L A
Record ID 32003000493
English, French
Authors' objectives:

To summarise the available evidence on transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects.

Authors' recomendations: - Until recently, surgical repair was the standard treatment for an ostium secundum atrial septal defect (ASD), a common congenital heart defect. Closing ASDs using a device inserted via a catheter now offers another option for some patients. - Limited comparative data indicate that newer approaches to transcatheter repair have a higher failure rate than that for surgery, but short-term complication rates are lower. - Evidence from long-term follow-up of patients with device closure of ASDs is not yet available. - Equipment and procedure costs may be higher for transcatheter closure than for surgery, but overall costs may be reduced through avoiding intensive care unit costs and through shorter hospital stays.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
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Year Published: 2003
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Heart Defects, Congenital
  • Heart Diseases
  • Heart Septal Defects
Organisation Name: Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment
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