We report a successful transplantation of a human tricuspid valve in a human. We used a fresh tricuspid homograft with its chordae tendineae and papillary muscles, harvested 5 days earlier under sterile conditions from a multiorgan donor a few minutes after cardiectomy (the heart was not suitable for cardiac transplantation) and immediately stored at 4 °C We elected to implant the homograft in a young heroin addict. Our experience demonstrates that the implantation of an atrioventricular homograft in the orthotopic position is technically feasible and can achieve good results, at least in the short term.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine