Cloth Disruption in a Totally Cloth Covered Aortic Prosthesis: Case Report

Schachner, Arie; Levy, Morris J.
September 1974
Angiology;Sep1974, Vol. 25 Issue 8, p554
Academic Journal
A 40 year old male underwent aortic valve replacement with a totally cloth covered (Model 2320) Starr-Edwards prosthesis. Fifteen months later he required re-operation because of a paravalvular leak and a refractory hemolytic anemia. Extensive tear along the cloth covering the inner face of all 3 valve struts were found at operation. The damaged prosthesis was replaced by a new prosthesis. The patient made an uneventful recovery. Precise auscultation or phonocardiography may provide a valuable clue in the pre-operative diagnosis of this complication.


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