Radical and Harmless Shave Resection of Atypical Papillary Fibroelastomas of the Cardiac Valves
Background: Papillary fibroelastomas (PFEs) are rare cardiac tumors usually treated by shave resection. Up to 20% of the patients are actually denied such a conservative surgical approach because atypical morphology is thought to preclude radical and effective outcomes.
Methods/Results: Surgical tricks and tips of shave resection are elucidated, and a case series presentation of the morphology of atypical PFEs treated by shave resection is described.
Conclusion: In experienced hands surgical shave resection is the gold standard for the treatment of PFE even in atypical presentations.
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