Excellent durability of starr-edwards ball valves implanted in the aortic and mitral positions for 27 years: Report of a rare surgical case

Masato Tochii, Yasushi Takagi, Kan Kaneko, Michiko Ishida, Kiyotoshi Akita, Yoshiro Higuchi, Motomi Ando

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Abstract

A 59-year-old male who had undergone aortic and mitral valve replacement with Starr- Edwards ball valves 27 years ago was admitted to our hospital for hemolytic anemia and heart failure. Echocardiography revealed prosthetic valve failure with a high-pressure gradient and small effective orifice area. The Starr-Edwards ball valves were successfully replaced with bileaflet mechanical valves. The explanted valves revealed no structural abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-78
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

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