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Ital Heart J. 2003 Dec;4(12):888-90.

Traumatic tricuspid valve rupture treated by minimally invasive thoracotomy.

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Division of Cardiac Surgery, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo, Piazzale Golgi, 2 27100 Pavia. amgrande@libero.it

Abstract

Isolated valvular lesions consequent to non-penetrating trauma are rare. We present a case of a traumatic tricuspid valve rupture in a 51-year-old woman seriously involved in a motor vehicle accident 20 years earlier. She underwent tricuspid valve replacement performed via a minimally invasive thoracotomy in the right fourth intercostal space. The advantages of minimally invasive thoracotomy are discussed.

PMID:
14976856
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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