Long-term Follow-up of Tissue Valve Prostheses in Carcinoid Heart Disease Abstract #230

Introduction: Development of carcinoid heart disease (CHD) increases morbidity and mortality. Cardiac valve replacement surgery improves functional class, but tissue prosthesis degeneration can occur early in CHD.
Aim(s): A retrospective study of a case series of tissue valve prostheses in CHD was performed to determine the prevalence, nature and rate of degeneration.
Materials and methods: Twenty-two CHD patients from our institution underwent cardiac valve replacement over 32 months. Cardiac mortality was 23% at two years. Median echo follow-up was 24 months for 11 patients who survived over six months postoperatively. CHD-related tissue prosthesis degeneration was defined as progressive leaflet thickening with regurgitation and/or stenosis.
Conference: 8th Annual ENETS Conference (2011)
Category: Clinical
Presenting Author: Dr Daniel S Knight

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