A Modified Chordal Transfer Technique to Treat Anterior Mitral Leaflet Prolapse

Department of Cardiac Surgery, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
Journal of Cardiac Surgery (Impact Factor: 0.89). 03/2012; 27(2):166-9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2012.01431.x
Source: PubMed


Chordal transfer from the intact posterior mitral leaflet (PML) to the anterior mitral leaflet (AML) is an effective way to correct anterior leaflet prolapse and provides good long-term results. However, it is difficult to determine the accurate segment of the PML which needs to be transferred and the suture point of the leaflets. We describe a modified technique to determine the correct segment that needs to be transferred to effectively correct AMLs with elongated or ruptured chordae. This technique renders performing chordal transfer easier and more accurate.

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