Viability in human heart valves prepared for grafting

C. G.A. Mcgregor, J. F. Bradley, J. O.d. Mcgee, D. J. Wheatley

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations


AUTHORS' SYNOPSIS: Viability of antibiotic sterilized and stored human heart valves obtained at routine necropsy was assessed by tissue culture and protein and collagen synthesis.Only three of 23 valves examined showed any evidence of viability, in striking contrast to earlier work on canine valves obtained under optimal conditions. These findings justify doubts regarding pre-implantation viability in human heart valves prepared for grafting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-397
Number of pages4
JournalCardiovascular Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1976
Externally publishedYes

Cite this