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Surgical Treatment of Aortic Root Abscess With Damage of the Mitral Valve Apparatus
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.
Aortic root abscess - Coaptation - Mitral valve repair