Bench repair of donor aortic valve with minimal access orthotopic heart transplantation

José L. Navia, Fernando A. Atik, Antonino Marullo, Randall C. Starling, Mario Garcia, Pablo Ruda Vega, Nicholas G. Smedira, Patrick M. McCarthy

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While the number of people waiting heart transplantation increases, the number of organ donors decreases. This shrinking donor pool has prompted reassessment of donor selection for heart transplantation. Bench repair of a donor aortic valve was performed before minimal access orthotopic heart transplantation. Aortic insufficiency in the structurally normal tricuspid aortic valve was due to annular dilatation and was corrected with subcommissural annular plication. The postoperative period was uneventful. Follow-up at 4.5 years showed good results and no evidence of aortic regurgitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-315
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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