Title

Closed mitral commissurotomy during pregnancy in East Africa.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2016

Institution/Department

Surgery, Critical Care, Anesthesiology

Journal Title

The Annals of thoracic surgery

MeSH Headings

Africa, Eastern, Cardiac Surgical Procedures, Female, Humans, Mitral Valve, Mitral Valve Stenosis, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular, Radiography, Thoracic, Young Adult

ISSN

1552-6259

Abstract

Cardiac surgeons traveling to East Africa on humanitarian surgical missions treat a large number of people of all ages with rheumatic heart disease. A patient with severe mitral stenosis with pulmonary edema in the second trimester of pregnancy was treated successfully with closed mitral commissurotomy in a hospital in rural Kenya. An operation from the late 1940s may regain prominence more than 70 years later in areas of the world with a high incidence of rheumatic heart disease and limited cardiology and cardiac surgery resources.

Comments

Maine Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute, Portland ME.

First Page

419

Last Page

419

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