Improved surgical treatment of tricuspid insufficiency in combined valvular diseases

T. Iwa, Y. Watanabe, K. Tsuchiya, Y. Funaki, K. Yokoi

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Tricuspid insufficiency is not infrequent in combined valvular diseases. We used Carpentier's, De Vega's or Bex's annuloplasty with our own modification in combined tricuspid insufficiency and found the results much more satisfactory compared with previous methods. Of 152 patients with acquired valvular disease, 24 with combined valvular diseases underwent one of these procedures. During the same period, three tricuspid valve replacements, using a glutaraldehyde-treated xenograft, were performed in patients with severely damaged tricuspid valves. Simultaneous procedures for other valves were open mitral commissurotomy in 14, mitral valve replacement in 9 and aortic and mitral valve replacement in 4 patients. Despite the seriousness of their preoperative condition, 25 of 27 patients survived, resulting in a mortality rate of 7.4%. We believe that these annuloplasty methods represent a remarkable progress in the treatment of tricuspid valve insufficiency in combined valvular diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-613
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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