Spontaneous leaflet fracture resulting in embolization from mechanical valve prostheses
SourceJournal of Cardiac Surgery, 34, 3, (2019), pp. 124-130
Article / Letter to editor
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Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum
Cardio Thoracic Surgery
Journal of Cardiac Surgery
SubjectRadboudumc 0: Other Research RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 16: Vascular damage RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Spontaneous leaflet fracture of mechanical heart valve prostheses is very rare. We describe a case of spontaneous leaflet embolization 31 years after aortic valve replacement with an Edwards-Duromedics prosthesis (Baxter Healthcare Corp., Edwards Division, Santa Ana, CA). We review the literature on this subject to increase awareness and recognition for this potentially life-threatening complication.
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