DOI: 10.1510/mmcts.2021.009
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Abstract: Mitral valve surgery can be especially difficult in patients with mitral annular calcification. Not only is it associated with higher morbidity and mortality, but there is no consensus strategy for the treatment of mitral annular calcification, which may render some patients inoperable. We describe a case of severe mitral annular calcification successfully treated with the cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirator. We demonstrate the proper technique for and the efficacy of using this instrument for decalcific…

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