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Advantage of a More Central Incision onto Left Atrium by Using Ultrasonic Scalpel

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Author(s): MIN-HO SONG

Journal: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
ISSN 0027-7622

Volume: 75;
Issue: 1,2;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Mitral valve | Interatrial groove | Mitral valve surgery

ABSTRACT
Exposure of the mitral valve is of critical importance in mitral valve surgery. The mitral valve is located near the interatrial groove. As we accumulated experience and learned from embryology, we found that a more central left atriotomy was advantageous, and was made possible by interatrial groove dissection using an ultrasonic scalpel. This crucial finding prompted us to report the technique.

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