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Acute Iatrogenic Complications After Mitral Valve Repair
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  • Domenico Paparella,
  • Enrico Squiccimarro,
  • Michele Di Mauro,
  • Kostas katsavrias,
  • Antonio Calafiore
Domenico Paparella
Universita degli Studi di Foggia

Corresponding Author:domenico.paparella@unifg.it

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Enrico Squiccimarro
Universita degli Studi di Foggia
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Michele Di Mauro
Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum+ Psychiatrie
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Kostas katsavrias
Errikos Ntynan Hospital Center Pathologiko
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Antonio Calafiore
Department of Cardiovascular Diseases Gemelli Molise Campobasso Italy
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Mitral valve repair is the procedure of choice to correct mitral regurgitation. However, some dangerous complications, correlated to the surgical technique, can occur in the operating theatre, at the end of the procedure. The most frequent is the systolic anterior motion. Due to a systolic dislocation of the anterior leaflet toward the outflow tract, it causes both obstruction of the outflow tract and mitral regurgitation. Often it is due to excess of catecholamines or to reduced filling of the left ventricle, but sometimes needs further surgical maneuvers, focused on moving posteriorly the coaptation line. It can be obtained by shortening the posterior leaflet or increasing the size of the ring or applying an Alfieri stitch to limit the movements of the anterior leaflet. Another complication, often underdiagnosed and potentially lethal, is the injury of the circumflex artery that happens at the level of the anterolateral commissure or P1 zone. Two mechanisms are involved. The first one is direct injury of the artery by a stitch (roughly 25% of the patients present a distance artery-annulus<3 mm). The second one the distortion of the artery, attracted toward the annulus by a misplaced stitch. The attraction causes kinking with stenosis of different degrees till functional occlusion. However, the artery has to be far from the annulus and the atrial tissue has to be stiff and resistant, as after an infective process, to move the CX toward the annulus without tearing. Positioning the stitches very close to the mitral leaflets in the dangerous area is the only prevention to the complication. The treatment in the operating theatre is partial or total removal/re-implantation of the annular sutures or coronary artery bypass grafting to the circumflex area. If the injury is demonstrated only after a coronary angiography, percutaneous revascularization can be attempted before further surgical treatment.
Dec 2022Published in Journal of Cardiac Surgery volume 37 issue 12 on pages 4088-4093. 10.1111/jocs.17055