Anatomical and electrical remodeling with incomplete left atrial appendage ligation: Results from the LAALA-AF registry

Mohit Turagam, Donita Atkins, Matthew Earnest, Randall Lee, Jayant Nath, Ryan Ferrell, Krzysztof Bartus, Nitish Badhwar, Abdi Rasekh, Jie Cheng, Luigi Di Biase, Andrea Natale, David Wilber, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy

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Background: The anatomical, electrical, and clinical impact of incomplete Lariat left atrial appendage ligation remains unclear. Methods: We studied LAA anatomy pre- and postligation using contrast enhanced-computed tomography (CT) scans in 91 patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who subsequently underwent catheter ablation (CA). Results: Eleven patients had an incomplete exclusion (12%) with a central leak ranging from 1 to 5 mm. Despite incomplete ligation; the LAA volume were reduced by 67% postprocedurally when compared to preprocedure. In 7 patients with a leak between 1 and 3 mm, there was a 77% reduction in LAA volume beyond the ligation site suggestive of remodeling of the LAA. In 4 patients with larger (4–5 mm) leak the LAA remnants (LAARs) were slightly larger than those with smaller leaks on follow-up CT scan. Three out of the 4 demonstrated LAA electrical activity during CA and underwent isolation of the LAA ostium. Follow-up imaging showed two of these LAARs completely sealed with no communication with the left atrium. There was no significant difference in the AF recurrence rates between the patients who had a leak versus those with complete ligation (4 of 11 [36%] vs. 22 of 80 [27%]; P = 0.6). Oral anticoagulation was discontinued in all patients with small leaks and 2 patients with large leaks that sealed completely upon follow-up imaging. There were no strokes or TIAs at 12 months. Conclusion: Despite incomplete LAA ligation by Lariat device there is significant anatomical and electrical remodeling that resulted in reduction in LAA size, volume, and electrical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1433-1442
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of cardiovascular electrophysiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • LAA ligation
  • atrial fibrillation
  • lariat
  • left atrial appendage
  • remodeling
  • stroke prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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