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Japanese Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery ; : 222-226, 1995.
Article in Japanese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-366135


The new St. Jude Medical aortic valve graft prosthesis was evaluated for composite graft replacement of the aortic root in 32 patients at three institutions. This study was performed in conformity with the Japanese Drugs, Cosmetics and Medical Instruments Act. The grafts were preclotted with blood of serum albumin: coronary artery reconstruction was performed employing the classical Bentall procedure (4 cases), Cabrol's procedure (14 cases), the interposition graft technique (8 cases) or the button technique (6 cases); concomitantly the aortic arch was replaced in one patient, and the mitral valve was replaced in two patients. One early death (3%) occurred as the result of shock sustained prior to establishing cardiopulmonary bypass. Postoperative complications included perivalvular leakage (one case), perioperative myocardial infarction (two cases), hepatitis (one case). There were no late deaths and no complications related to the SJM valve graft prosthesis. The SJM valve graft prosthesis is a safe and reliable prosthesis for use as a composite graft replacement of the aortic root.