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Earlier surgical intervention for mitral valve disease is better for most patients

A more aggressive approach to treating degenerative mitral valve disease, using earlier surgical intervention and less invasive techniques, is more beneficial to the patient than “watchful waiting,” according to an article in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Degenerative mitral valve disease is irreversible. It eventually leads to regurgitation (blood leaking backwards through the valve) and [...]

In Future Intrauterine Surgery May Improve Prognosis For The Fetus

Fetuses with congenital malformations can be helped by surgical intervention while still in the womb. The potential of intrauterine surgery to improve their chances of survival is described by Anke Diemert and her co-authors in the latest issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; 109(38): 603). This kind of intervention is indicated only [...]