Usefulness of Vascular Stenting With and Without Transvenous Pacing Leads for Vena Caval Obstruction Among Children and Adults With Repaired Congenital Heart Disease

Daisuke Kobayashi, Thomas J. Forbes, Daniel R. Turner, Harinder R. Singh, Peter P. Karpawich, Srinath T. Gowda

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Abstract

Vena caval obstruction (VCO) is a common complication after vascular manipulation for congenital heart disease. Long-term efficacy of stent therapy for relief of VCO and long-term stent patency with and without intrastent transvenous pacing leads (TPLs) is not well described. This was a retrospective review of patients treated for VCO, including those who received intrastent TPLs, between 1995 and 2012. Patient demographics, diagnoses, vascular pressure gradients, and vessel diameters were analyzed. Forty-one patients (mean age 23.5 ± 10.3 years) with and without congenital heart disease underwent stent implantation, 26 of whom also received intrastent TPLs. Short-term stent implantation success in relieving obstructions was 93%. Poststent vascular pressure gradients and percentage vascular narrowing significantly improved (from 6.2 ± 4.5 to 1.1 ± 1.6 mm Hg and from 63.1 ± 19.5% to 18.0 ± 17.1%, respectively, p <0.05). On follow-up in 38 of 41 patients from 0.2 to 18 years (median 6.0), all survived; 6 (14%) required stent reintervention. Freedom from reintervention was 87% at 15 years. Patients with short-term procedural failure were at higher risk for stent reintervention. Among 27 patients with intrastent TPLs, freedom from reintervention was 96%. In 26 patients with follow-up catheterization, intrastent intimal proliferation was not significantly associated with TPL but was higher in the superior vena cava-innominate vein junction compared with other stent locations (p <0.05). In conclusion, stent therapy for VCO can be successfully and safely performed with good long-term results. Pre-pacing lead stent placement for VCO is effective in allowing TPL placement with encouraging long-term patency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21059
Pages (from-to)1746-1752
Number of pages7
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume115
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2015

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