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General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 221–223 | Cite as

Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm following mitral valve repair

  • Hirofumi KasaharaEmail author
  • Gilbert Beran
  • Werner Mohl
Case Report

Abstract

We present a rare case of a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm following mitral valve repair probably due to testing the valve’s competence. The pseudoaneurysm was treated successfully with a sutureless technique in which layers of a biodegradable collagen system with fibrinogen-based coating were used. We reviewed the literature regarding left ventricular rupture following mitral valve surgery published from 1990 until 2006. Overall, the incidence of this complication was 0.56% for 10978 operations, and the mortality rate was 57.4%. We also describe a possible mechanism common to all forms of left ventricular rupture.

Key words

Left ventricular rupture Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm Mitral valve repair 

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© The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiothoracic SurgeryMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine II, Division of CardiologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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