Replacement of the aortic root with a pulmonary autograft

David P. Taggart, Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, Victor G. Davila-Roman, Thomas L. Spray

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To the Editor: Kouchoukos and colleagues describe their experience with a pulmonary-root autograft to replace the aortic root in young patients with aortic-valve disease (Jan. 6 issue)1. The rationale for this operation, technical considerations and pitfalls during surgery, and the concerns raised by Kouchoukos et al. about the possibility of dilatation of the autograft have been discussed at considerable length in three reports by Ross and colleagues24. On the basis of Ross's extensive experience, he and his colleagues have reported on the long-term results (mean follow-up, 10 years; maximum, 24 years) in 339 patients who underwent replacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1615-1616
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 2 1994


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