Endovascular Clamping of Porcelain Aorta in Aortic Valve Surgery using Foley Catheter

Adrian Ooi, Sri Iyenger, Stephen M. Langley, Marcus P. Haw

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Unclampable calcified aorta is an uncommon condition that all cardiac surgeons may encounter and performing aortic valve surgery in this condition with a non cross-clamping technique of using Foley Catheter has rarely been reported. Aortic valve surgery invariably becomes a high-risk, challenging procedure to cardiac surgeon or even a contraindication to surgery when the ascending aorta cannot be clamped due to extensive calcification precluding safe dissection and clamping. We describe and recommend a non cross-clamping technique of using Foley Catheter and report it successful use in two patients who underwent aortic valve replacement with "porcelain" unclampable aorta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-196
Number of pages3
JournalHeart Lung and Circulation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Foley catheter
  • Porcelain aorta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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