Impact of percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation procedural steps on leaflets histology and mechanical behaviour: An in vitro study.


BACKGROUND Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (PPVI) using the bovine jugular vein Melody(®) valve (Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) is safe and effective. However, post-procedural complications have been reported, the reasons for which are unclear. OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of PPVI procedural steps on valvular histology and leaflet… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.acvd.2016.01.015