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FUTURE TRENDS
Year : 2002  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 3

Percutaneous valve implantation: Past, present and future.


1 Service de Cardiologie Pédiatrique, Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, Paris, France
2 Cardiothoracic Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK, and The Institute of Child Health, London, United Kingdom

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Philipp Bonhoeffer
Cardiothoracic Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH
United Kingdom
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The percutaneous approach for valve replacement has recently been introduced. This procedure is presently available for patients with artificial right ventricular outflow tract conduits only. The technique is safe, but is limited to rare stereotyped clinical situations. Further technical improvements will broaden the spectrum of indications to pulmonary valve replacement regardless of the anatomy of the outflow tract to the aortic valve and possibly to atrio-ventricular valves. In this report, we review our experience in valve replacement through a percutaneous technique in humans, describing the ongoing experimental work.


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