Pediatric Transcatheter Valve Replacement: Guests at Our Own Table?
Transformative advances in medical technology rarely occur in isolation, but rather may be indirectly informed, if not accelerated, by advances in related fields. Bonhoeffer et al introduced the first transcatheter valve in 2000, implanting it in a 12 year-old boy with tetralogy of Fallot1. The report of the transcatheter aortic valve by Cribier a mere two years later suggests the interdependence of investigators on breakthroughs in related fields2. The advancements in cardiac devices are shared among pediatric and adult cardiologists, with benefits ideally befalling both patient populations when a breakthrough occurs, whether that technology was initially introduced for adults or children.
- Received April 28, 2015.
- Accepted May 1, 2015.