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Poor clinical performance of the Wessex porcine heart valve bioprosthesis at nine years' follow up.
  1. A. Hurlé,
  2. J. F. Nistal,
  3. J. M. Revuelta
  1. Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain.

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: To assess the long term performance of the Wessex porcine bioprostheses implanted in a consecutive series of patients. DESIGN: A retrospective case series. PATIENTS: Between January 1985 and July 1991, 184 Wessex bioprostheses (78 mitral, 102 aortic, and 4 tricuspid) were implanted in 150 patients. The patients were 55% (83/150) male and 45% (67/150) female; mean age was 60 (SD 10) years. RESULTS: Hospital mortality was 9.3% (14/150). Total follow up was 696 patient-years (mean 4.7 years per patient). Linearised rates (events per 100 patient-years (SEM) for postoperative complications for patients with isolated mitral valve replacement, isolated aortic valve replacement, and multiple valve replacement were, respectively: late mortality: 4.7 (1.6), 3.3 (0.9), and 4.9 (1.9); thromboembolism: 5.8 (1.8), 3.0 (0.9), and 2.8 (1.4); valve thrombosis: 1.0 (0.7), 0.3 (0.3), and 0.7 (0.7); structural failure: 5.8 (1.7), 1.9 (0.7), and 7.1 (2.2). Actuarial freedom from complications at nine years (70% confidence interval) was: late mortality: 61 (9)%, 57 (13)%, and 59 (12)%; thromboembolism and valve thrombosis: 71 (9)%, 79 (6)%, and 81 (8)%; structural failure: 33 (14)%, 50 (16)%, and 12 (14)%; all valve related morbidity/mortality: 31 (10)%, 21 (11)%, and 7 (9)%. Stent fractures appeared in 11 of 17 explanted prostheses; actuarial freedom from stent fracture at nine years was 66 (12)%. CONCLUSIONS: The Wessex bioprosthesis is associated with high thrombogenicity, early structural dysfunction, and a high valve related morbidity/mortality which justifies very close follow up of patients fitted with them.

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