Left-sided approach for mitral valve replacement in a case of dextrocardia with situs solitus.

Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery

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Kikon M, Kazmi A, Gupta A, Grover V. Left-sided approach for mitral valve replacement in a case of dextrocardia with situs solitus. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2013;.
Mitral valve surgery in dextrocardia is technically challenging due to its anatomical malposition. Minor modifications are required in the surgical technique to counteract the problems during cannulation and exposure of the mitral valve. We report a case of a patient with dextrocardia, situs solitus, rheumatic heart disease, severe mitral regurgitation, moderate pulmonary artery hypertension, and severe left ventricular dysfunction who underwent mitral valve replacement using a two-stage right atrial cannulation with left-sided left atrial atriotomy, with the surgeon standing on the left side of the patient. Our approach for mitral valve surgery in this clinical setting is simple.