Implantation of Transcatheter Aortic Prosthesis in 3 Patients With Mitral Annular Calcification.
Michael J. Mack M.D.
Baumgarten, H., J. J. Squiers, W. T. Brinkman, J. M. DiMaio, A. Gopal, M. J. Mack and R. L. Smith (2016). “Implantation of transcatheter aortic prosthesis in 3 patients with mitral annular calcification.” Ann Thorac Surg 102(5): e433-e435.
Mitral annular calcification (MAC) is a chronic degenerative process at the fibrous base of the mitral valve. It is a feared diagnosis in the context of mitral valve operations because of the risk of severe adverse events such as atrioventricular disruption, injury to the circumflex artery during debridement, and difficult placement of annular sutures. We report a series of 3 consecutive female patients with severe circular MAC who underwent successful mitral valve replacement through a lateral minithoracotomy with use of an inverted transcatheter aortic valve.