TachoSil® for postinfarction ventricular free wall rupture

Marco Pocar, Davide Passolunghi, Alda Bregasi, Francesco Donatelli

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Despite a decline in the last three decades, postinfarction ventricular free wall rupture still complicates more than 3% of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarctions and remains a surgical challenge. TachoSil® (Nycomed, Zurich, Switzerland) is an equine collagen patch coated with human fibrinogen and human thrombin, which has recently been used for haemostasis in cardiovascular surgery, but its potential usefulness in free wall rupture has not been reported. Initial clinical experience with an on-pump sutureless technique without cardioplegia, using wide TachoSil® patching to achieve free wall rupture repair, has been described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-867
Number of pages2
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Cardiovascular surgical procedures
  • Haemostasis
  • Haemostatic techniques
  • Heart rupture
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Postinfarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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