Biological versus mechanical aortic valve replacement in children.

  title={Biological versus mechanical aortic valve replacement in children.},
  author={Mark W. Turrentine and Mark Ruzmetov and Palaniswamy Vijay and Randall G Bills and J. Winchester Brown},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={71 5 Suppl},
BACKGROUND Aortic valve replacement in children remains challenging because of constraints imposed by available prosthetic devices. Potential risks of anticoagulation with mechanical valves and degeneration of other biological substitutes have kindled interest in the Ross procedure. This study outlines the evolution of our 27-year experience with prosthetic devices. METHODS Ninety-nine patients who underwent aortic valve replacement (January 1973 through September 2000) were included in this… CONTINUE READING