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Big News for Small Patients: St. Jude Begins Study for Tiniest Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve

Big News for Small Patients: St. Jude Begins Study for Tiniest Pediatric Mechanical Heart Valve

Every year, approximately 35,000 babies are born in the United States with congenital heart defects, which sometimes require dangerous surgeries for heart valve replacements . Children may develop these defects for a variety of reasons, including their mother’s use of the anti-nausea medication Zofran (ondansetron).

However, there is some good news for children who require mitral valve surgery: St. Jude Medical is beginning a trial for what it hopes will be the smallest FDA-approved pediatric mechanical heart valve. The Medical Masters HP Series 15 mm mechanical heart valve is roughly the length of a staple, and will provide breakthrough treatment options for this vulnerable pool of patients. “There’s a profound need within the medical community for a mechanical heart valve dedicated to our tiniest patients who can’t safely be implanted with the current range of valve sizes,” said Dr. Kirk Kanter, professor of surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and cardiothoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Heart Transplant Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He went on to say, “This small valve represents a big step forward in helping cardiovascular surgeons provide our patients the optimal level of care.”

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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