Recurrent Aortic Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis: A Radical Additional Anatomical Solution

Cecilia Marcacci, Matteo Trezzi, Gilles D Dreyfus

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Recurrent prosthetic valve endocarditis, especially when characterized by annular abscess and aortic root destruction, remains a surgical challenge. A radical and aggressive surgical treatment is required preventing recurrent infection. Homograft implants are still thought to be the best surgical option, but they are not always available and their use in younger patient remains controversial. We propose an additional anatomical surgical technique, which consists in the implantation of a composite graft in the left ventricular outflow tract, well below the native aortic annulus, and then the direct reimplantation of coronary ostia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e577-e579
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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