Tricuspid Valve Replacement in Rheumatic Heart DiseaseBr Med J 1970; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5723.629 (Published 12 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:629
- M. V. Braimbridge,
- C. L. Sarin,
- E. Yalav,
- A. J. Clement,
- D. Mendel
The diagnosis of tricuspid valve disease is often difficult; the best treatment is not yet established. Twenty patients had tricuspid valve replacements at St. Thomas's Hospital as part of multiple valve replacement procedures. The hospital mortality was 25%, most deaths being due to a low cardiac output causing hepatorenal failure. Preoperative cardiac cachexia had a fatal outcome in all cases. Except in two instances, surviving patients returned to a satisfactory level of activity.
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