Objective: There is no optimal substitute for right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) reconstruction in congenital heart defects. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) valved conduits and patches may be a good alternative to homografts and bovine jugular veins. We have developed a fan-shaped ePTFE valve and an ePTFE valved conduit and patch with bulging sinuses with the aim of enhancing the long-term valve function. Method: Bulging sinuses were constructed on ePTFE conduits and patches as described previously (J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007;134:327-32). Between February 2001 and January 2011, 794 patients (aged 14 days to 56.8 years old; median, 2.0 years old) had ePTFE valves implanted for RVOT reconstruction at 52 Japanese institutes. Conduits with a fan-shaped ePTFE valve were implanted in 325 patients and a patch with a fan-shaped ePTFE valve was implanted in 469 patients. Valve function was assessed by a series of echocardiograms postoperatively. Results: The mean follow-up was 3.6 years (1.1 months to 10.0 years). Freedom from reoperation at 10 years was 95.4% in patients with conduits and 92.3% in those with patches. Pulmonary insufficiency was mild or nonexistent in 95.0% of patients with conduits and 79.6% of patients with patches. The pressure gradient between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery was 14.0 ± 13.2 mm Hg in patients with conduits and 11.6 ± 11.6 mm Hg in patients with patches. Conclusions: Fan-shaped ePTFE valved conduits and patches with bulging sinuses have a high freedom from reoperation and prevent pulmonary insufficiency. They represent a promising material for RVOT reconstruction. © 2011 by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
Miyazaki, T., Yamagishi, M., Maeda, Y., Yamamoto, Y., Taniguchi, S., Sasaki, Y., & Yaku, H. (2011). Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene conduits and patches with bulging sinuses and fan-shaped valves in right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction: Multicenter study in Japan. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 142(5), 1122–1129. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcvs.2011.08.018