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Transcatheter mitral valve-in-ring with the Melody prosthesis: a new therapeutic opportunity

EuroIntervention 2014;10:903-905. DOI: 10.4244/EIJV10I8A156

1. Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA; 2. Herbert and Sandi Feinberg Interventional Cardiology and Heart Valve Center, Columbia University Medical Ce
In this issue of EuroIntervention, two interesting case reports of patients undergoing transcatheter mitral valve-in-ring procedures with the Melody® transcatheter pulmonary valve (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA) are described1,2. The Melody prosthesis consists of a bovine jugular venous valve sutured into a platinum-iridium balloon-expandable stent. The company which produces the Melody valve recommends against its implantation in the aortic or mitral valve position, because of concerns regarding the durability of a jugular venous valve in the systemic circulation. As displayed by the current case reports, however, the Melody may be a viable option in patients lacking other suitable alternatives.

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