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Tricuspid Valve Replacement in Rheumatic Heart Disease

Br Med J 1970; 3 doi: (Published 12 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:629
  1. M. V. Braimbridge,
  2. C. L. Sarin,
  3. E. Yalav,
  4. A. J. Clement,
  5. 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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