Mitral valve repair for rheumatic valve disease in children: midterm results and impact of the use of a biodegradable mitral ring.
Afksendiyos Kalangos, Jan T. Christenson, +3 authors Yacine Aggoun.Published in The Annals of thoracic surgery 2008

Mitral valve repair for rheumatic mitral valve disease in children has become the preferred surgical modality. A mitral valve ring is frequently used in the repair. A recently introduced biodegradable ring has shown promising results and allows for growth of the native annulus.

Between January 1994 and March 2006, 220 children underwent mitral valve repair for rheumatic valve disease. Mitral valve insufficiency was predominant in 198 patients (90%). Fifty-seven patients