Long-term survival after mitral valve replacement in children aged <5 years: a multi-institutional study.

BACKGROUND Short- and long-term outcomes after prosthetic mitral valve replacement (MVR) in children aged <5 years are ill-defined and generally perceived as poor. The experience of the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium (45 centers, 1982 to 1999) was reviewed. METHODS AND RESULTS MVR was performed 176 times on 139 patients. Median follow-up was 6.2 years… CONTINUE READING