General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

, Volume 64, Issue 10, pp 636–637 | Cite as

Fate of Hancock valve in tricuspid position 36 years after implantation

  • Hideki Kitamura
  • Arishige Kimura
  • Yasuhide Okawa
  • Masanobu Maeda
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Mid- to long-term durability of bioprosthesis in tricuspid position is acceptable. However, little is known about more extended long-term structural valve changes of Hancock valve. In present report, we describe Hancock valve images 36 years after implantation.


Tricuspid valve Hancock Congenital heart disease 


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Conflict of interest

The authors have declared that no conflicts of interest exists. The all authors received no funding for the work.


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© The Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryNagoya Heart CenterNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Cardiac SurgeryAichi Children’s Health and Medical CenterObuJapan

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