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The 'Valve Racket': a new and different concept of atrioventricular valve repair.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16675236     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Mitral regurgitation due to prolapse of the mitral leaflets frequently compromises annuloplasty repair procedures. We present a new annuloplasty ring that overcomes this difficulty, preventing displacement of the leaflets into the atrium. METHODS: The 'Valve Racket' is a prosthetic ring transformed into a racket by means of handmade mesh using expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE Gore-Tex). After transection of the marginal chordae tendineae, five sheep had the new racket implanted in the mitral (n = 3) and in the tricuspid position (n = 2). The surviving sheep underwent postoperative evaluation. RESULTS: After six months of operation, a standard transthoracic study showed competent valves without significant gradients and without residual valve regurgitation. The ring appeared encapsulated by a uniform fibrous tissue but the threads showed a completely denuded surface except in the zone proximal to the ring. Thrombi or calcification deposits in the ring, racket's mesh, or cardiac chamber were not observed. CONCLUSION: This initial experience confirmed the efficacy and simplicity of the technique.
José M Bernal; Iván García; Dieter Morales; Carmen Diago; Blanca Ruiz; Fernando Val; José L Ojeda; José M Revuelta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article     Date:  2006-05-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1010-7940     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-23     Completed Date:  2007-02-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804069     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiothorac Surg     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1026-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital Universitario Valdecilla, E-39008 Santander, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Chordae Tendineae / surgery
Disease Models, Animal
Mitral Valve / pathology,  surgery*,  ultrasonography
Mitral Valve Insufficiency / surgery*
Mitral Valve Prolapse / prevention & control
Prostheses and Implants*
Prosthesis Design
Surgical Mesh
Tricuspid Valve / surgery
Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / surgery*
Tricuspid Valve Prolapse / prevention & control
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