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Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 May;91(5):1598-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.10.068.

Original aortic valve plasty with autologous pericardium for quadricuspid valve.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Toho University Ohashi Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.


Quadricuspid aortic valves represent a very rare pathology. Most cases have been discovered incidentally during heart operations or at autopsy. Patients may become symptomatic with aortic regurgitation. We encountered a symptomatic patient with aortic regurgitation and a quadricuspid aortic valve. Successful aortic valve plasty was done with our original technique of tricuspid replacement by glutaraldehyde-treated autologous pericardium.

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