A serious complication of percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty: Systemic embolism. How can we decrease it?

Demirtas M., Usal A., Birand A., Can M., Batyraliev T., Niyazova Z.

ANGIOLOGY, vol.47, no.3, pp.285-289, 1996 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/000331979604700311
  • Title of Journal : ANGIOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.285-289


Systemic embolism is a potential and severe complication of percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (PBMV). The incidence of systemic embolism during PBMV has been reported to be less than 5% and only 0.6% with the Inoue technique. This is less than that reported in closed commissurotomy series and about the same as in open commissurotomy.