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CarboMedics (US) tests aldehyde-free heart valve

This article was originally published in Clinica

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CarboMedics (US) says PhotoFix, its non-aldehyde-fixed heart valve, has now been used at three unnamed sites in Europe. Vice-president and general manager Perry Barrs says the valve is a response to the possibility that bioprosthesis calcification may be related to the use of aldehydes in fixing and sterilisation. The trileaflet cardiac aortic valve is made from bovine pericardial tissues and fixed using a patented dye-mediated photo-oxidation process. The implant is sterilised by a non-aldehyde chemical process.

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