|Successful Valvuloplasty for
Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation due to Blunt Trauma
(Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery,
Sapporo Medical University of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan)
|A 34-year-old man had been in a
motor vehicle accident at age 21. Thirteen years later, he complained
of fatigue and palpitations, and was evaluated at an outside
hospital. Echocardiography revealed severe tricuspid regurgitation
and the patient was referred to our institution for treatment.
The anterior leaflet of the tricuspid valve was torn and the
attached chorda was also torn. The torn anterior leaflet was
sutured directly, and an artificial chorda was created using
an e-PTFE suture. An annuloplasty was performed with a 34mm Carpentier-Edwards
ring. The patient's recovery was uneventful, and postoperative
echocardiography revealed no regurgitation.
Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 31: 209-213 (2002)