A morphofunctional analysis of the regurgitant mitral valve as a guide to repair: Another point of view

Antonio M Calafiore*, Sotirios Prapas, Antonio Totaro, Stefano Guarracini, Kostas Katsavrias, Michele Di Mauro

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Based on Carpentier's classification and principles, the techniques for mitral valve repair continue to evolve. We herein report our experience with the morphofunctional echocardiographic analysis of single mitral leaflets, as different anatomic features, even if conflicting, may coexist not only in the two leaflets but in the same leaflet as well. A classification is proposed, based on the length (normal, short, or long) and mobility (normal, restricted, or excessive) of mitral leaflets. The surgical techniques adopted for mitral valve repair are the direct consequence of this analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4064-4071
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number12
Early online date18 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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