The value of bidimensional echocardiography in the preoperative evaluation of the anatomy of the mitral valve

I. M. Hellemans, O. Alfieri, G. Van Herpen

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Abstract

In order to determine the value of bidimensional echocardiography in identifying the specific anatomic lesions associated with mitral valve dysfunction, the operative findings were compared with the echo images in 50 patients who underwent mitral valve surgery. Annular dilatation, prolapse of the leaflets, calcifications, fusion of the commissures or of the subvalvular apparatus, leading to restricted leaflet motion, and pedunculated vegetations were detected preoperatively by the echo study. Perforations, on the other hand, were not recognized. In the majority of the patients the feasibility of reconstructive surgery could be anticipated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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