Objectives: The purpose of this study is to describe the initial clinical experience with a steerable transseptal needle (STSN) for left-sided structural heart procedures. Background: Targeted transseptal (TS) puncture is required for many structural heart procedures, and the use of a steerable needle has not previously been described. Methods: Consecutive patients undergoing structural heart interventions with targeted TS puncture under transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) and fluoroscopic guidance were studied. The STSN was used in all patients with a standard commercial TS sheath. Deflection of the needle was performed "real time" to achieve localization of the TS puncture site. Results: Twenty-seven patients underwent STSN puncture of the interatrial septum. In all cases, the needle could be deflected in vivo to achieve optimal tenting and localization of the puncture site without having to remove or reshape the needle. The needle was deflected to match a wide range of right atrial diameters (width 4.3±0.9 cm and length 6.0±0.9 cm in the 4-chamber view). In two patients with prior mitral valve surgery and a fibrotic septum, assisted crossing was achieved using the piercing stylet in one patient, and Bovie energy in the other. There were no procedural complications, and all patients had successful completion of the intended structural heart procedure. Conclusions: The STSN needle can be used to target the intended puncture location on the interatrial septum with real-time adjustable deflection without the need to remove and reshape the needle. In all cases crossing was successful and there were no complications.
- Deflectable needle
- Left atrial appendage occlusion
- Structural heart
- Transseptal puncture
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine