Long-term Results of the St. Jude Medical Valve in the Tricuspid Position

(Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hiroshima City Hospital, Hiroshima, Japan)

Takeshi Shichijo Osamu Oba Keiji Yunoki
Masahiro Inoue
From 1983 to 1999, 12 St. Jude Medical prostheses were implanted in the tricuspid position. Mean patient age at the time of operation was 40}19(6 to 62) years. Seven patients were female and five were male. There were no hospital deaths but three late deaths. The cumulative survival rate was 100% at 5 years, 80% at 10 years and 60% at 15 years. Four patients required redo tricuspid valve replacement because of a thrombosed valve. The reoperation-free rate was 100% at 5 years, 78% at 10 years and 29% at 15 years. The data illustrated that patients who underwent tricuspid valve replacement with the St. Jude Medical valve should receive strict anticoagulation therapy.
@Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 30: 277-279 (2001)