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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Print version ISSN 0102-7638
GOMES, Walter José; GOLDENBERG, Saul and BUFFOLO, Ênio. Photodebridement of calcified aortic valve, with CO2. laser. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 1987, vol.2, n.2, pp.93-97. ISSN 0102-7638. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76381987000200002.
The authors present 6 cases of calcified aortic valves, removed from patients during aortic valve replacement, which underwent photodebridement with CO2 laser. Radiographic, photografic weight and histopathological studies have shown extensive debridement, and the valves showing improved morphology and function. The advantages of the procedure made concerning valve replacement and clinical application is foreseen for the method.
Keywords : laser [cardiac valve replacement]; photodebridement [cardiac valves]; cardiac valves [surgery].