New publication: Equine pericardium: a versatile alternative …

The group around Dr. Osman Al-Radi from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, published a paper about their experience with the Matrix Patch equine in congenital cardiac surgery.

Elassal AA, AL-Radi OO, Zaher ZF, Dohain AM, Abdelmohsen GA, Mohamed RS, Fatani MA, Abdelmotaleb ME, Noaman NA, Elmeligy MA, Eldib OS. Equine pericardium: a versatile alternative reconstructive material in congenital cardiac surgery. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2021;16:1-7.


Background: Pericardial patches are often used for the repair of congenital cardiac defects. The aim of this study was to describe our initial experience with the use of equine pericardium and its safety and advantages and disadvantages compared to bovine pericardium.

Methods: We designed a retrospective cohort study of 111 patients who were surgically treated for congenital heart disease between 2017 and 2020. Equine pericardium was used in 58 patients and bovine pericardium was used in 53 patients. Recorded variables included demographic data, preoperative cardiac pathology, site of patch insertion, morbidity, and mortality.

Results: The overall survival rate was 94.5% and no deaths were related to patch insertion. None of our patients were reoperated on for patch-related complications. Postoperative transcatheter intervention was needed in 2 patients (1.8%): one for dilatation of aortic arch stenosis after repair of hypoplastic left heart syndrome with equine pericardium and one for dilatation of pulmonary artery branches after repair of tetralogy of Fallot using bovine pericardium.

Conclusions: Equine pericardium is a safe patch material for reconstruction in congenital heart surgery. It may be preferable to bovine pericardium in cases requiring a complex shape or a pliable patch as in arch reconstruction or for valve reconstruction.