Pulmonary autograft or aortic allograft for surgical treatment of active infective aortic valve endocarditis: a review of the literature

  • Charles A. Yankah


The search for the ideal substitute for the diseased aortic valve led Donald Ross to develop the concept of the aortic allograft and pulmonary autograft for subcoronary implantation in the 1960s and in the early 1970s as a full root to replace aortic roots with abscesses [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Allograft aortic valve replacement was pioneered by two surgeons, Mr. Donald Ross himself in London and Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes in Auckland, New Zealand, independently of each other in 1962 [1, 6].


Aortic Valve Aortic Root Aortic Valve Replacement Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis Aortic Root Replacement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles A. Yankah
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  1. 1.Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin & Charité Medical University BerlinBerlinGermany

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