The Durability of the St. Jude Medical® Valve in Children
Between 1979 and 1986, 69 children, 1 to 15 years of age, underwent cardiac valve replacement with a ST. JUDE MEDICAL® prosthesis (SJM). Seventy-eight SJM valves were implanted during 73 operations. Forty-two children had mitral valve replacement, 20 had aortic valve replacement, and 6 had tricuspid valve replacement. Double valve replacement (mitral and aortic) was performed with ST. JUDE MEDICAL valves in 5 patients. Forty-eight children had undergone a prior operation (70%). The overall early mortality was 8.2%. Of the 78 patients who had SJM valves implanted, 2 needed a reoperation for valve replacement. The authors analyzed 7 years of experience and conclude that the ST. JUDE MEDICAL valve allows definitive cardiac valve replacement in children, particularly in the aortic position.
KeywordsValve Replacement Infective Endocarditis Aortic Valve Replacement Mitral Valve Replacement Heart Valve Replacement
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