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Repairing the aortic valve is best for children

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 September 2005

Carl L. Backer
Affiliation:
Division of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, and the Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Extract

In this review, I will address the problem as to whether children with disease of the aortic valve should undergo repair, or be put forward for the Ross procedure. So as to put this debate in the correct framework, we need to evaluate all the options for aortic valvar disease. These include not only the Ross procedure, involving the insertion of a pulmonary autograft, and valvar repair, but also the option of replacing the valve with a biological or mechanical prosthesis.

Type
PART 4: SURGICAL REPAIR OF ARTERIAL VALVES
Copyright
© 2005 Cambridge University Press

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