Tricuspid regurgitation. A comparison of nonoperative management, tricuspid annuloplasty, and tricuspid valve replacement

R H Breyer, J H McClenathan, L L Michaelis, C L McIntosh, A G Morrow
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 1976, 72 (6): 867-74
The best means of managing tricuspid regurgitation associated with mitral or mitral and aortic valve disease is still to be determined. During the period 1972 to 1974, we treated 76 patients who had tricuspid regurgitation along with associated valvular dysfunction. Patients with mold regurgitation were treated conservatively, those with moderate regurgation underwent annuloplasty, and those with severe regurgitation had tricuspid valve replacement. We found the results to be less satisfactory in the group treated by annuloplasty than in the other two groups. We still manage conservatively those patients with mild regurgitation, but we believe it appropriate to replace the valve in an increasing number of subjects who have tricuspid regurgitation of moderate severity.

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