Sutured and sutureless repair of postinfarction left ventricular free-wall rupture: A systematic review

Matteo Matteucci, Dario Fina, Federica Jiritano, W. Matthijs Blankesteijn, Giuseppe Maria Raffa, Mariusz Kowalewski, Cesare Beghi, Roberto Lorusso

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Postinfarction left ventricular free-wall rupture is a potentially catastrophic event. Emergency surgical intervention is almost invariably required, but the most appropriate surgical procedure remains controversial. A systematic review, from 1993 onwards, of all available reports in the literature about patients undergoing sutured or sutureless repair of postinfarction left ventricular free-wall rupture was European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 56 (2019) 840-848 REVIEW doi:10.1093/ejcts/ezz101 Advance Access publication 1 April 2019 performed. Twenty-five studies were selected, with a total of 209 patients analysed. Sutured repair was used in 55.5% of cases, and sutureless repair in the remaining cases. Postoperative in-hospital mortality was 13.8% in the sutured group, while it was 14% in the sutureless group. A trend towards a higher rate of in-hospital rerupture was observed in the sutureless technique. The most common cause of inhospital mortality (44%) was low cardiac output syndrome. In conclusion, sutured and sutureless repair for postinfarction left ventricular free-wall rupture showed comparable in-hospital mortality. However, because of the limited number of patients and the variability of surgical strategies in each reported series, further studies are required to provide more consistent data and lines of evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-848
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2019


  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Cardiac rupture
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Mechanical complication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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