Percutaneous trans-axilla transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Atsushi Sugiura, Mitsumasa Sudo, Baravan Al-Kassou, Jasmin Shamekhi, Miriam Silaschi, Nihal Wilde, Alexander Sedaghat, Ulrich Marc Becher, Marcel Weber, Jan Malte Sinning, Eberhard Grube, Georg Nickenig, Efstratios I. Charitos, Sebastian Zimmer

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The left axillary artery is an attractive alternative access route for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and may provide better outcomes compared to other alternatives. Nevertheless, there remain concerns about vascular complications, lack of compressibility, and thorax-related complications. Between March 2019 and March 2021, 13 patients underwent transaxillary TAVR for severe aortic stenosis at the University Hospital Bonn. The puncture was performed with a puncture at the distal segment of the axillary artery through the axilla, with additional femoral access for applying a safety wire inside the axillary artery. Device success was defined according to the VARC 2 criteria. The study participants were advanced in age (77 ± 9 years old), and 54% were female, with an intermediate risk for surgery (STS risk score 4.7 ± 2.0%). The average diameter of the distal segment of the axillary artery was 5.8 ± 1.0 mm (i.e., the puncture site) and 7.6 ± 0.9 mm for the proximal axillary artery. Device success was achieved in all patients. 30-day major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events were 0%. With complete percutaneous management, stent-graft implantation was performed at the puncture site in 38.5% of patients. Minor bleeding was successfully managed with manual compression. Moreover, no thorax-related complications, hematomas, or nerve injuries were observed. Percutaneous trans-axilla TAVR was found to be feasible and safe. This modified approach may mitigate the risk of bleeding and serious complications in the thorax and be less invasive than surgical alternatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1801-1807
Number of pages7
JournalHeart and Vessels
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Axilla
  • Distal puncture
  • Percutaneous
  • TAVR
  • Transaxillary


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