Mechanical heart valves in children.


Longterm follow-up of 17 children, who consecutively underwent replacement of one cardiac valve with the Björk-Shiley prosthesis, is presented. The children's mean age was 8 years (range 4-12 years) and body weight 23.5 kg (range 15.0-38.4 kg) at the time of surgery 1970-80. Nine of the 17 operations (53%) were second-stage cardiac surgery. The operations… (More)