Valve repair for traumatic tricuspid regurgitation

F. Maisano, R. Lorusso, L. Sandrelli, L. Torracca, G. Coletti, G. La Canna, O. Alfieri

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Objective. The review of six cases of valve repair for traumatic tricuspid regurgitation in our institution and 74 in the literature in order to assess effective methods of treating this lesion. Methods. Tricuspid valve regurgitation is a rare complication of blunt chest trauma. Optimal treatment for this condition is still controversial ranging from long-term medical therapy to early surgical correction. We followed the cases of six consecutive patients with post-traumatic tricuspid incompetence who were successfully treated with reparative techniques. All patients were male and their ages ranged from 18 years to 42 years. Valve regurgitation was always secondary to blunt chest trauma due to motor vehicle accident. The mechanism of valve insufficiency was invariably anterior leaflet prolapse due to chordal or papillary muscle rapture associated with annular dilatation. Surgical procedures included Carpentier ring implant (5 patients), Bex posterior annuloplasty (1 patient), implant of artificial chordae (4 patients), papillary muscle reinsertion (2 patients), commissuroplasty (1 patient) and "artificial double orifice" technique (1 patient). Results. Tricuspid insufficiency improved in all patients after the correction. No complications were recorded and all patients were asymptomatic at the follow-up. Conclusions. Since post-traumatic tricuspid regurgitation is effectively correctable with reparative techniques, early operation is recommended to relieve symptoms and to prevent right ventricular dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-873
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Trauma
  • Tricuspid valve insufficiency
  • Valve repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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