Finger fracture mitral valvuloplasty: a tribute to the pioneers of cardiac surgery

John S Murala, Hugh D Wolfenden, George S Youssef and Daniel Friedman
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01066.x
Published online: 4 June 2007

To the Editor: We report an exceptional case of a woman who underwent emergency “finger fracture valvuloplasty” (FFV) in 1954 to treat rheumatic mitral stenosis and required no further surgical intervention for 51 years.

  • 1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Cardiology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

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  • 5. Khan MN. The relief of mitral stenosis. An historic step in cardiac surgery. Tex Heart Inst J 1996; 23: 258-266.


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