a1 Department of Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
a2 Department of Cardiology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair using the MitraClipTM has not been used in children. The patient in this reported case was a 15-year-old male adolescent who presented postnatally with severe aortic valve stenosis and dysplasia of the mitral valve. The boy underwent surgical valvuloplasty at the age of 3 months and an aortoventriculoplasty with three re-operations. At the age of 15 years, he developed severe mitral valve regurgitation. Owing to high surgical risks, a MitraClipTM was implanted with a reduction of mitral regurgitation from grade 4+ to 2+, translating into a rapid clinical improvement.
(Received May 03 2012)
(Accepted June 25 2012)
(Online publication September 10 2012)
c1 Correspondence to: Dr R. Bekeredjian, MD, Department of Cardiology, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 410, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany. Tel: +49 (0)6221 5639097; Fax: +49 (0)6221 565515; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org