Objective Despite recent advances in surgical and interventional techniques, knowledge on the management of carcinoid heart disease (CHD) remains limited. In a cohort of patients with liver metastases of midgut neuroendocrine tumours (NETs), we aimed to describe the perioperative management and short-term outcomes of CHD.
Methods From January 2003 to June 2022, consecutive patients with liver metastases of midgut NETs and severe CHD (severe valve disease with symptoms and/or right ventricular enlargement) were included at Beaujon and Bichat hospitals. All patients underwent clinical evaluation and echocardiography.
Results Out of 43 (16%) consecutive patients with severe CHD and liver metastases of midgut NETs, 79% presented with right-sided heart failure. Tricuspid valve replacement was performed in 26 (53%) patients including 19 (73%) cases of combined pulmonary valve replacement. The 30-day postoperative mortality rate was high (19%), and preoperative heart failure was associated with worse survival (p=0.02). Epicardial pacemakers were systematically implanted in operated patients and 25% were permanently paced. A postoperative positive right ventricular remodelling was observed (p<0.001). A greater myofibroblastic infiltration was observed in pulmonary versus tricuspid valves (p<0.001), suggesting that they may have been explanted at an earlier stage of the disease than the tricuspid valve, with therefore potential for evolution.
Conclusions We observed a high postoperative mortality rate and baseline right-sided heart failure was associated with worse outcome. In surviving patients, a positive right ventricular remodelling was observed. Prospective, multicentre studies are warranted to better define the management strategy and to identify biomarkers associated with outcome in CHD.
- Cardiac surgery
- Heart Valve Diseases
- Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
- Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency
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