Hans Mellink

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A study has been made of the last 50 patients subjected to aortic valve replacement with a Starr-Edwards or a Björk-Shiley prosthesis. The surgical mortality was 6%, the late mortality was 4%. Postoperatively the vast majority of the patients were symptom-free. Paravalvular leakage was believed to be present in two patients, both of them free from symptoms.
The main present-day indications for clinical treatment are found in cardiac surgery, gas gangrene, vascular occlusion and carbon monoxide poisoning. There are not yet definite indications of hyperbaric treatment of severe pulmonary insufficiency, regarding elevated oxygen toxicity. The pattern of treatment will be changed extensively as soon as the problem(More)