Aortic valvuloplasty in pediatric patients substantially postpones the need for aortic valve surgery: a single-center experience of 188 patients after up to 17.5 years of follow-up.

@article{Fratz2008AorticVI,
  title={Aortic valvuloplasty in pediatric patients substantially postpones the need for aortic valve surgery: a single-center experience of 188 patients after up to 17.5 years of follow-up.},
  author={Sohrab Fratz and Hans Peter Gildein and Gunter Balling and Walter Sebening and Thomas Genz and Andreas Eicken and John Hess},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2008},
  volume={117 9},
  pages={1201-6}
}
BACKGROUND Aortic valvuloplasty (AoVP) is an established procedure regarded as a valid alternative for surgical management of congenital aortic valve stenosis. However, its long-term efficacy in preventing or postponing aortic valve surgery remains uncertain for the individual patient. Therefore, the aim of this study was to study the long-term results of AoVP in pediatric patients and its efficacy in preventing or postponing aortic valve surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS We reviewed up to 17.5… CONTINUE READING
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