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Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Cardiovascular

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COSTA, Francisco Diniz Affonso da et al. Homoenxerto mitral: uma realidade. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 1998, vol.13, n.3 ISSN 0102-7638.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76381998000300004.

Background: the use of cryopreserved aortic valve homografts is associated with excellent quality of life, low morbidity and satisfactory durability. We expect to achieve similar results in the mitral position with the use of cryopreserved mitral homografts. Objectives: Evaluate the immediate and short-term results of mitral valve replacement with cryopreserved mitral homografts. Material and Methods: Between July/97 and February/98, 8 patients with a mean age of 40.3 ± 6.2 years were submitted to mitral valve replacement with cryopreserved mitral homografts. Operative technique consisted of latero-lateral papillary muscle fixation, a running continuous suture at annulus level and annuloplasty with a Carpentier ring. Before hospital discharge, all patients were submitted to Doppler echocardiographic control for assessment of valvar and ventricular function. Patients were requested to return at the first and subsequently every 3 months postoperatively for further clinical and echocardiographic control. Results: There was one early non valve-related death. Echocardiographic evaluation before hospital discharge revealed a mean mitral valve area of 3.1 ± 0.6 cm2 and a mean gradient of 3.5 ± 1.6 mmHg. Valvar insufficiency was graded as non-existent or trivial in four cases and mild in the remaining three patients. Ejection fraction which was 57 ± 7% pre-operatively was well preserved in the postoperative period (62 ± 6%). Pulmonary hipertension reduced significantly from 87 ± 15 mmHg pre-operatively to 48 ± 12 mmHg post-operatively. There was also a reduction in the left atrial cavity from 61 ± 10 mm to 53 ± 7 mm. No patient was lost to follow-up. After a mean follow-up time 4.1 ± 2.5 months, all patients are functionally well without postoperative events. Late echocardiographic control showed persistence of the good immediate results. Conclusions: The immediate and short-term results of mitral valve replacement with mitral homografts are satisfactory, demonstrating the feasibility of the technique. Longer follow-up periods are necessary to determine durability of this graft and to eventually expand its indications.

Keywords : Mitral valve [transplantation]; Mitral valve [ultrasonography]; Transplantation [homologous]; Cryopreservation.

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