The reduction of RV function after cardiac surgery is a well-known phenomenon. It could persist up-to one year after the operation and often leads to an incomplete recovery at follow-up echocardiographic control. T
he aim of the present study is to analyze the impact of different modalities of pericardial incision (lateral versus anterior) and of myocardial protection protocols (Buckberg versus Custodiol) onto postoperative RV dynamic by relating two- and three-dimensional echocardiographic parameters in patients undergoing mitral valve repair through minimally invasive or traditional surgery approach.
1. Zanobini M, Loardi C, Poggio P, Tamborini G, Veglia F, Di Minno A, Myasoedova V, Mammana LF, Biondi R, Pepi M, Alamanni F, Saccocci M. The impact of pericardial approach and myocardial protection onto postoperative right ventricle function reduction. J Cardiothorac Surg 2018 Jun 5;13(1):55. doi: 10.1186/s13019-018-0726-5. → Download PDF