Mitral valve C-ring annuloplasty

Case contributed by Matt A. Morgan
Diagnosis certain


Shortness of breath. Patient has a history of mitral valve regurgitation.

Patient Data

Age: 60-65Y
Gender: Male

A curved metallic structure with coiled ends is located in the region of the mitral valve.

Midline sternotomy wires indicate previous invasive thoracic surgery.

Case Discussion

The mitral valve C-ring annuloplasty was developed in the mid 1970s, due to concern that the rigidity of a full mitral valve replacement could interfere with the function of the aortic valve. The metallic component of the C-ring annuloplasty, therefore is located away from the left ventricular outflow tract.

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