Homograft aortic root replacement during pregnancy

Kapil Gopal, Ida M. Hudson, Jack Ludmir, Michael N. Braffman, Stanley Ewing, Joseph E. Bavaria, Kar Lai Wong, Charles R. Bridges

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Operative cardiac interventions have been performed on pregnant women with varying degrees of success since the late 1950s. Currently, reported maternal mortality for cardiac operations is similar to the mortality rate for nonpregnant female patients. However, fetal mortality remains high, at approximately 20%. Aortic root replacement with an aortic homograft in a 34-year-old pregnant woman with bacterial endocarditis at 18 weeks gestation is presented. Fetal echocardiography during and after bypass was employed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-245
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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