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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 215-219

Definitive treatment of lutembacher syndrome

Department of Cardiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Karnataka Lingayat Education Society University, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication19-Sep-2014

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Rajat Arora
Department of Cardiology, JN Medical College KLES University, Nehru Nagar,Belgaum, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-5009.141249

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Atrial septal defect (ASD) with rheumatic mitral stenosis is popularly known as eponym of Lutembacher syndrome. Definitive treatment of Lutembacher syndrome has been under the purview of cardiothoracic surgeons but with changing times, transcatheter treatment has been possible. We present a case of 38-year-old female with Lutembacher syndrome treated transcatheterly. This case attests the feasibility of transcatheter treatment in selected group of patients of Lutembacher treatment.

Keywords: Atrial/therapy, balloon dilatation, heart catheterization, heart septal defects, Lutembacher syndrome/therapy, mitral valve stenosis/therapy

How to cite this article:
Arora R, Patted SV, Halkati PC, Amarked B, Sattur A, Joshi A. Definitive treatment of lutembacher syndrome. J Sci Soc 2014;41:215-9

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Arora R, Patted SV, Halkati PC, Amarked B, Sattur A, Joshi A. Definitive treatment of lutembacher syndrome. J Sci Soc [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Jan 20];41:215-9. Available from: https://www.jscisociety.com/text.asp?2014/41/3/215/141249

  Introduction Top

The association of atrial septal defect with mitral stenosis carries the eponym of Lutembacher's syndrome (1916), [1],[2] though according to Soulie, Bouvrain, and Sibille (1954), it had been described a century earlier by Corvisart.

Until recently, surgery was the only definite curative treatment available and involved closure of the ASD and mitral commissurotomy or mitral valve replacement. [3]

With the advent of interventional cardiology, comprehensive treatment of Lutembacher syndrome has come under the purview of cardiologists.

We present a patient with Lutembacher syndrome, who underwent definitive percutaneous treatment by concurrent transcatheter device closure of a secundum ASD and balloon valvuloplasty of rheumatic mitral stenosis.

  Case report Top

A 38-year-old female first noted dyspnea on exertion while doing her routine physical activity. Patient had been diagnosed to have rheumatic heart disease and was on penicillin prophylaxis for the same.

At the time of admission, patient was in New York Heart Association functional Class II. Clinical examination demonstrated loud first sound and second heart sound was widely split and "fixed" with a loud, palpable pulmonary component. A loud mid diastolic murmur from the left sternal border to the apex without presystolic accentuation was heard.

Chest X-ray showed gross cardiomegaly with pulmonary plethora [Figure 1]. Electrocardiogram revealed sinus tachycardia, right axis deviation with Rsr' pattern [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Chest X-ray posterior-anterior view shows cardiomegaly and pulmonary plethora

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Figure 2: Electrocardiography shows sinus tachycardia, Rsr' a�� ern, and le�� atrial enlargement

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The typical echocardiographic features of mitral stenosis in association with an enlarged right ventricle and abnormal septal motion are generally consistent with pulmonary hypertension and functional tricuspid regurgitation. In the absence of clinical and echocardiographic features of pulmonary hypertension, the combination of mitral stenosis and "volume overload" of the right ventricle should alert the clinician to the diagnosis of Lutembacher's syndrome. [4]

Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed dilated right atrium, right ventricle, and left atrium. Left ventricle appeared underfilled. There was severe rheumatic mitral stenosis with mitral valve orifice of 0.9 cm 2 . There was moderate subvalvular fusion without any valvular calcification with a calculated Wilkins Score of 7. [5] A large ostium secundum ASD measuring

2.23 cm was seen with good margins with left to right shunt [Figure 3], [Figure 4], [Figure 5].
Figure 3: Trans thoracic echocardiography (TTE) in apical fourchamber view shows large ostium secundum ASD with good margins, with le�� to right shunt. Mitral valve is thickened

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Figure 4: TTE in short axis view shows mitral valve area of 0.9 cm2 by planimetry. Note-Thickened anterior mitral leafl et (AML) and posterior mitral leafl et (PML) with fusion of anterolateral and posteromedial commissures

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Figure 5: TTE in parasternal long-axis view shows thickened AML and PML with inverted hockey appearance of AML. Note-Minimal turbulence at mouth of mitral valve in presence of severe mitral stenosis that is characteristic in presence of associated ASD

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With this underlying profile of severe mitral stenosis with large ostium secundum ASD suitable for percutaneous treatment, a definitive curative transcatheter treatment was planned.

After informed consent, mild sedation and antibiotic prophylaxis, right femoral artery and vein assess was secured and 2,500 units of heparin were administered.

Routine left and right heart catheterization was performed. This showed the presence of left to right shunt at atrial level with the pulmonary-to-systemic flow ratio (Qp/Qs) of 3.2. The mean pulmonary pressure was 35 mm Hg. The mean pressure of the left atrium was 8 mm Hg [Table 1].
Table 1: Hemodynamic parameters

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The mitral valve was crossed and with an Inoue balloon. mitral valve was dilated with a balloon diameter of

24 mm [Figure 6].
Figure 6: Stepwise Inoue balloon dilatation of mitral valve

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A 0.035 × 260 cm J Tip Amplatz super Stiff wire (Amplatz Super Stiff™ Guidewire, Boston Scientific corporation, Miami, USA) was kept in the left upper pulmonary vein with the help of 7F GL catheter. Then device was placed across the ASD and the position of the device was confirmed both on the transthoracic echocardiography and fluoroscopy. A 28 mm Amplatzer ASD device (AMPLATZER™ Septal Occluder St. Jude Medical, Inc., One St. Jude Medical Drive,USA) was deployed first without success and then upsized to 32 mm with complete occlusion of the defect without any left to right shunt [Figure 7].
Figure 7: Amplatzer 28 mm ASD occluder deployed in ostium secundum ASD

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Postprocedure TTE demonstrated ASD device in situ with no residual shunt. Mitral valve was opening well with both anterolateral and posteromedial commissures well split and MVO of 1.84 cm 2 by planimetry [Figure 8] and [Figure 9].
Figure 8: Postprocedure TTE demonstrates ASD deviCe in situ with no residual le�� to right shunt. Peak and mean gradient by continuous wave Doppler across mitral valve is seen

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Figure 9: Postprocedure TTE across mitral valve in short axis view demonstrates MVO of 1.84 cm2 by planimetry

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There were no complications during the procedure and patient was discharged 2 days later.

  Discussion Top

The original case of Lutembacher syndrome was a 61-year-old woman who had been pregnant 7 times. [1] The incidence of mitral stenosis (MS) in patients with ASD is 4%, and conversely, ASD in patients with MS is 0.6%-0.7%. [6]

Mitral stenosis, at the bedside, is recognized by the combination of a loud first sound, normally split second sound, an opening snap, and a loud mid diastolic murmur with presystolic accentuation. An associated atrial septal defect decompresses the left atrium, resulting in the absence of presystolic accentuation of the diastolic murmur. Then flow across the tricuspid valve, which is relatively large because of the mitral obstruction, results in a loud mid diastolic murmur. The mitral diastolic murmur becomes inseparable from the tricuspid flow murmur and both together are heard as a loud middiastolic murmur from the left sternal edge to the apex. [2]

In Lutembacher syndrome, MS augments the left-to-right shunt through the ASD, while the nonrestrictive ASD decompresses the LA, reducing the diastolic mitral pressure gradient. That means the Doppler pressure half-time method would underestimate the degree of MS; this occurred in our patient. The planimetry method yields accurate estimates of mitral valve area in Lutembacher syndrome. [7]

Joseph et al., [8] reported the first case of definitive percutaneous treatment of Lutembacher's syndrome, by a combination of transcatheter device closure of a secundum ASD and balloon mitral valvuloplasty. [8]

There, the mitral valve was dilated using a25-mm-diameter cylindrical single balloon (Joseph mitral balloon catheter, (Jomiva,™ Numed, Hopkinton, New York) and the ASD was closed using a 16-mm Amplatzer septal occluder (AMPLATZER™ Septal Occluder St. Jude Medical, Inc., One St. Jude Medical Drive, USA)

Prior to them, Ruiz et al., [9] have described concurrent transcatheter ASD closure using Lock's clamshell occluder and double-balloon mitral and aortic valvotomies, performed as a palliative rescue procedure, in a patient with Lutembacher's syndrome and severe pulmonary hypertension, to improve risk prior to surgical therapy.

There is currently no randomized or cross-sectional study, which investigates combined percutaneous treatment in patients with Lutembacher syndrome. However, the success rate of combined percutaneous treatment in case studies is very high and no short- or long-term complications have been reported. [10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16] On the contrary, the complete closure rate of ASD by the septal occluder device during combined percutaneous treatment was found to be 93%-97%. [17]

The most important complication of the procedure is embolization of the septal occluder device. The procedure of retrieval and reimplantation is implemented when there is embolization of small devices; however, surgical interventions are required for large devices. [18]

The success rate of the other percutaneous intervention with BMV by the transseptal Inoue balloon technique was 99%. [19]

The life-threatening complication rate (death, puncture in the left ventricle, and stroke) was very low (0%-0.5%) and the risk of developing important and severe complications (grade 3-4 mitral regurgitation, cardiac tamponade, and thromboembolism) was found to be lower when compared to the other procedures. [20]

The combined percutaneous treatment technique is reported to reduce the mortality and morbidity risk associated with cardiac surgery, to decrease physiologic trauma due to thoracotomy scar and to reduce the surgery-related length of stay in the hospital in patients with Lutembacher syndrome. [17]

We report a successful definitive transcatheter treatment of Lutembacher syndrome in a symptomatic young lady.

In conclusion, transcatheter treatment of Lutembacher syndrome can be the procedure of choice in selected group of patients with mitral valve stenosis and ostium secundum ASD suitable for percutaneous treatment with good, short, and long-term results.

  References Top

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