Journal article

Transfer of the posterior leaflet of the tricuspid valve to the mitral valve

G El Khoury, Y d'Udekem, P Noirhomme, R Verhelst, J Rubay, R Dion

JOURNAL OF HEART VALVE DISEASE | I C R PUBLISHERS | Published : 2000

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: Coverage of large commissural defects may present a surgical challenge in mitral valve repair, for which the transfer of posterior tricuspid valve leaflet tissue is an attractive approach. METHODS: Five patients aged between 35 and 55 years underwent this procedure. After wide excision of the diseased mitral commissures, the posterior leaflet of the tricuspid valve was carefully checked, removed with its subvalvular apparatus, and transferred to the commissural area of the mitral valve. The stress on the papillary muscle suture was relieved by reinforcement of the free edge of the transferred leaflet by natural or artificial chordae. The tricuspid valve was r..

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