Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1997; 45(5): 265-267
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1013745
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Surgical Treatment of Aortic Root Abscess With Damage of the Mitral Valve Apparatus

H. Moro, H. Ohzeki, O. Namura, J. I. Hayashi, S. Eguchi
  • Second Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Niigata, Japan
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19 March 2008 (online)


A 35-year-old man with an aortic root abscess successfully underwent aortic valve replacement and mitral valve repair using a prosthetic valve with a skirt which was secured to the sewing cuff. This is a useful technique for reinforcement of a fragile annulus and prevention of annular detachment. A further useful technique is to infuse normal saline from a Foley catheter inserted into the aortic root to estimate mitral valve coaptation.