Cardioplegia delivery by transcutaneous pigtail catheter in minimally invasive mitral valve operations

Kuan Ming Chiu, Robert Jeen Chen Chen, Tzu Yu Lin, Jer Shen Chen, Jih Hsin Huang, Shu Hsun Chu

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For cardioplegia delivery and removing air from the aorta in minimally invasive mitral valve operations, we would like to propose a cost-effective pigtail method. The 8F pigtail punctures the aorta, delivers cardioplegia, and stays in place for removing air from the aorta. We then slide its tip out of the aorta as an accessory drain. With more than 100 successes, we are using it in every case and would like to share it with peer surgeons.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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