Preoperative Computed Tomography Scan Analysis of Interleaflets Triangles to Guide Aortic Root Repair Procedures.

CONCLUSIONS: Based on experience acquired in the operating room, the acute-angle subcommissural triangles were considered normal, the equilateral triangles mildly dilated, and the obtuse triangles severely dilated. According to this classification, different reparative approaches were selected. A CTscan 3D reconstruction method, as validated by the present data, allows a preoperative evaluation of the triangles and VAJ in order to best plan a surgical reparative approach tailored to a single patient. PMID: 28544826 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Heart Valve Disease - Category: Cardiology Tags: J Heart Valve Dis Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Cardiac Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Biomedical Engineering - Category: Biomedical Engineering Authors: Tags: Ann Biomed Eng Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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