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Arch Cardiovasc Dis. 2010 Mar;103(3):192-5. doi: 10.1016/j.acvd.2009.12.002. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

Is an anterior mitral leaflet prolapse still a challenge?

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  • 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pontchaillou Hospital, 35000 Rennes, France. stephaneaubert@yahoo.fr

Abstract

Quadrangular resection is the gold standard in the treatment of posterior leaflet prolapse. Anterior leaflet prolapse has been considered a more challenging problem; several techniques are available to treat it, all with the same goal - mitral valve competency. Nowadays, good long-term results are reported, similar to those for posterior leaflet prolapse. Certain improvements may explain these results, especially improvements in transesophageal echocardiography (including three-dimensional echocardiography), which allow the detection of atypical mitral regurgitation and its mechanism.

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20417451
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10.1016/j.acvd.2009.12.002
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