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Amulet® Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device

Updated: Jul 26, 2021

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Chest Xray of  Amulet® device from St. Jude Medical

Fig. 1. A. Frontal chest xray showing the Amulet® over the expected location of the left atrial appendage (LAA). Fig. 1. B. Magnified chest xray. The self-expanding distal lobe (blue arrow) and proximal disc (red arrow) are seen.

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Fig. 2. Amulet® is very similar to the Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug (ACP) device.

Fig. 3 Video demonstrating percutaneous placement technique for the Amplatzer™ Cardiac Plug (ACP) and Amulet® device for LAA closure.

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Fig. 4. Watchman™ LAAC device from Boston Scientific shows the self-expanding nitinol frame and fabric covering the face of the device.

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Fig. 5. CT scan of Watchman™ LAAC device in the left atrial appendage on axial and coronal images.

Fig. 6 Video explaining percutaneous placement technique for the Watchman™ LAAC device.

AtriClip® Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System

Fig. 7. AtriClip® Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System. A. The AtriClip® in the deployment device. B. The layers of the AtriClip®.

Chest xray of the AtriClip Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System

Fig. 8. AtriClip® Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion System. A. Frontal CXR with yellow arrow pointing to the device. B. Lateral CXR with red arrow pointing to the AtriClip®. Note the parallel tubes and Nitinol springs at each end.


LAA closure or occlusion devices are indicated for patients with atrial fibrillation in whom oral anticoagulation is contraindicated or an alternative to oral anticoagulation therapy for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Percutaneous LAA closure devices include the Watchman, Amplatzer Amulet, Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (ACP), and the PLAATO system. The Amulet and ACP both consist of a self-expanding distal lobe and proximal disc made of nitinol mesh with an articulating waist (Figs 1,2,3). The Watchman consists of a self-expanding nitinol frame, with a fabric covering the face of the device (Figs 4-6). Placed by open surgery or minimally invasive techniques, the AtriClip (Fig 7,8) is a self-closing clip placed on the epicardial surface of the heart on the base of the LAA . It is visualized on radiographs as a metallic structure with parallel tubes over the expected location of the LAA (Fig 6,7).

Complications of percutaneous LAA closure devices include malposition, migration, or embolization. The Watchman, AtriClip, Amplatzer Amulet, and Amplatzer Cardiac Plug LAA closure devices are MR imaging conditional at 1.5 T and 3 T.


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