Percutaneous Transluminal Balloon Valvuloplasty for Pulmonic Valve Stenosis
Pulmonic valve stenosis (PVS) is a common congenital heart disease characterized by anatomic fusion of valve leaflets and, consequently, sustained right ventricular pressure overload. When the systolic pressure gradient between the right ventricle (RV) and pulmonary artery (PA) reaches 50 mm Hg, the patient is a potential candidate for surgery. Recently, transluminal balloon valvuloplasty (TBV) has been introduced as an alternative therapy to surgery for patients with PVS [1–4]. In this report, we describe our initial experience with the method in 33 patients.
KeywordsRight Ventricle Pulmonic Valve Stenosis Anterior Oblique View Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization Systolic Pressure Gradient
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