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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): 605.
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.

  • John S Murala1
  • Hugh D Wolfenden1
  • George S Youssef2
  • Daniel Friedman2

  • 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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