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oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Atypical clinical presentation of bileaflet cardiac prosthetic valve dysfunction preliminary report

 

Abstract

Single-leaflet disc immobilisation in 3 patients with St Jude Medical prostheses and 1 patient with a Carbo Medics valve prosthesis resulted in mild mitral regurgitation without acute pulmonary oedema. Three patients presented with slowly worsening pulmonary congestion while 1 patient had neurological symptoms. Clinicians need to be aware of the possibility of singleleaflet failure in a bileaflet cardiac valve prosthesis, because haemodynamic deterioration occurs insidiously in these patients, resulting in atypical symptoms and signs.

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1996-04-01
2016-12-08
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