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Echo Findings of Intraoperative Surgical Glue Remnant on the Aortic Valve

A Case Report

Tahara, Shintaro, MD*; Nagai, Takako, MD; Hattori, Yoichiro, MD*; Nozumi, Yusaku, MD*

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000820
Case Reports

Surgical adhesive agents are frequently applied to reinforce aortic sutures in cardiac and aortic surgery. They are thought to provide hemostasis and safely and effectively reduce morbidity. Complications owing to surgical glue remnants, however, have been reported. In our recent case, a surgical glue remnant was detected on the aortic valve by transesophageal echocardiography. For detection of such surgical glue remnants, and to prevent associated serious potential complications, comprehensive transesophageal echocardiography is important. If surgical glue is applied during operative procedures, the heart and aorta should be carefully examined by transesophageal echocardiography.

From the *Department of Anesthesia, Akashi Medical Center, Hyogo, Japan

Department of Anesthesia, Hyogo College of Medicine, Hyogo, Japan.

Accepted for publication May 10, 2018.

Funding: None.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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Address correspondence to Shintaro Tahara, MD, Department of Anesthesia, Akashi Medical Center, 743-33 Yagi, Ookubo-Cho, Akashi, Hyogo 674-0063, Japan. Address e-mail to

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