LAURENCE B. ELLIS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; DWIGHT E. HARKEN, M.D., F.A.C.S.
The successful surgical correction of mitral stenosis has been a dramatic therapeutic milestone. Sufficient time has now elapsed to prove that surgical intervention may be life-saving. One might even assume, from some of the papers presented and published, that the problem of mitral stenosis has been entirely solved. This, of course, is not so. Stenosis of the mitral valve is but one factor, albeit frequently the dominant one, involved in chronic rheumatic heart disease. The successful surgical attack on this valve does not directly correct many of the other factors. The valve is never returned to the normal anatomic state,
ELLIS LB, HARKEN DE. FACTORS INFLUENCING THE LATE RESULTS OF MITRAL VALVULOPLASTY FOR MITRAL STENOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1955;43:133–142. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-1-133
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(1):133-142.
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