Midterm results of valve repair with a biodegradable annuloplasty ring for acute endocarditis.

@article{Pektok2010MidtermRO,
  title={Midterm results of valve repair with a biodegradable annuloplasty ring for acute endocarditis.},
  author={Erman Pektok and Jorge Rodriguez Sierra and Mustafa Cikirikçioğlu and Hajo M{\"u}ller and Patrick O. Myers and Afksendiyos Kalangos},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={89 4},
  pages={1180-5}
}
BACKGROUND Conventional annuloplasty rings consist of woven, nondegradable prosthetic material. Their use should theoretically be limited in acute infective endocarditis. Novel biodegradable annuloplasty rings, which are implanted into the annulus, carry theoretical advantages, but have never been evaluated for feasibility and mid-term outcome in such patients. METHODS Between 2004 and 2009, 17 consecutive patients with acute infective endocarditis (age, 34.5+/-21.6 years; range, 11-82 years… CONTINUE READING