Mitral valve replacement via right thoracotomy after coronary arterial grafting

Akihiko Usui, Mitsuo Kawamura, Michiaki Hibi, Katsuhiko Yoshida, Fumihiko Murakami, Jinichi Iwase

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Mitral valve replacement was performed through a right thoracotomy using femorofemoral bypass under profound systemic hypothermia in a 62-year-old man who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting using both internal thoracic arteries. The right thoracotomy approach minimizes the risk of injury to the arterial grafts, and deep hypothermia obviates the need to interrupt the grafts to administer cardioplegia. This technique provides excellent exposure of the mitral valve while minimizing the operative risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)708-709
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 09-1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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