Suture techniques for atrioventricular valves. Experimental study

N. M. Katz, E. H. Blackstone, J. W. Kirklin, E. L. Bradley, J. E. Lemons

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Repair of the complete atrioventricular canal defect is still complicated by dehiscence of sutured atrioventricular valves. An in vitro study of initial suture line strength during tensile loading was made using canine pericardial leaflets. Type of 'non-pledgetted' stich was not related to suture line strength. Closer spacing of non-pledgetted stitches (1 mm versus 2 mm) increased strength 29% (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-536
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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