BACKGKGROUND: The aim of this paper was to explore the determinants of aortic regurgitation (AR) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) using multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) instead of echocardiography-guided sizing. METHODS: Determinants of AR were assessed in 313 consecutive patients who underwent TAVI with the Medtronic (MCS, N.=259) or Edwards Sapien or XT (ESV, N.=54) using MSCT-guided sizing. AR was assessed by angiography immediately after TAVI (N.=313, Sellers) and by echocardiography at discharge (N.=285, VARC-2). Distinction was made between patients with grade 0-1 and grade ≥2 AR post-TAVI. RESULTS: AR≥2 post-TAVI was seen in 91 patients or 29% (MCS 85/259: 33% vs. ESV 6/54:11%) by angiography and 94 patients or 33% (MCS 87/239:36% vs. ESV 7/46:15%) by echocardiography. By univariable analysis, patients with AR≥2 post TAVI had more AR≥2 at baseline (70% vs. 52%, P=0.003), a larger mean and maximal annulus diameter (25.0 [23.5-26.3] vs. 24.0 [22.6-26.0], P=0.025 and 27.9±2.7 mm vs. 27.0±2.8 mm, P=0.018, respectively) and a higher Agatston Score (3.9 [2.9-5.3] vs. 2.6 [1.8-3.8], P<0.001). AR≥2 post-TAVI was more frequent after MCS than ESV (33% vs. 11%, P=0.001). There was no difference in nominal valve size relative to the patient's annulus, nor depth of implantation. By propensity score adjusted multivariable analysis, AR≥2 at baseline (odds 2.407 [95% CI: 1.472-3.938]) but above all MCS (odds: 6.047 [95% CI; 1.307-27.976]) were independent determinants of AR≥2 post-TAVI. The latter was also confirmed by propensity score adjusted multivariable analysis in the echocardiography population (N.=285) (odds: 5.259 [95% CI; 1.070-25.851]). CONCLUSIONS: AR≥2 is more prevalent after MCS valve implantation and is an independent determinant of AR also when using MSCT guided-sizing.

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Rahhab, Z., El Faquir, N., Rodríguez-Olivares, R., Ren, C., van Mieghem, N., Geleijnse, M., … de Jaegere, P. (2017). Determinants of aortic regurgitation after transcatheter aortic valve implantation. An observational study using multi-slice computed tomography-guided sizing. The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery: a journal on cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery, 58(4), 598–605. doi:10.23736/S0021-9509.17.09391-0