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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery

Print version ISSN 0102-7638On-line version ISSN 1678-9741


GUEDES, Marco Antonio Vieira; POMERANTZEFF, Pablo Maria Alberto; BRANDAO, Carlos Manuel de Almeida  and  OLIVEIRA, Sérgio Almeida de. The use of autologous pericardium to reinforce the aorta suture in the surgical treatment of the aortic valve. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2004, vol.19, n.4, pp.399-401. ISSN 1678-9741.

The repair of the aortotomy in the surgical treatment of aortic valve can be achieved using different techniques. Nevertheless, in some cases, the ascending aorta is atherosclerotic, thin and friable, making the risk of aorta rupture and late aneurysm development higher. This article describes the technique and the results obtained from the reinforcement of aortic suture with autologous pericardium by retrospective analysis of 23 cases from the Heart Institute of São Paulo, between 1999 and 2003.

Keywords : Pericardium; Suture techniques; Surgical flaps; Cardiac surgical procedures.

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