An effective technique to correct anterior mitral leaflet prolapse

O. Alfieri, F. Maisano

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Up to one-third of the patien'ts with degenerative mitral valve disease and severe mitral regurgitation have anterior mitral valve prolapse due to chordal rupture or elongation. Surgical treatment of such a condition is often technically demanding and not infrequently associated with suboptimal results. Techniques used to treat anterior leaflet prolapse include chordal transfer, chordal shortening, artificial chordae, and anterior leaflet resection or plication. Each of these strategies has potential shortcomings, and there is considerable controversy concerning the durability of anterior leaflet prolapse repairs using these techniques. The 'edge-to-edge' technique, a simple and effective method of correcting anterior mitral leaflet prolapse is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)468-470
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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