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34-year durability of a DeBakey Surgitool mechanical aortic valve prosthesis.
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PMID:  17670666     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The DeBakey Surgitool mechanical aortic valve prosthesis was the first mechanical prosthetic valve in which pyrolitic carbon was used. This valve was on the market from 1969 to 1978 and approximately 3300 valves were implanted in this lapse worldwide. REPORT: We present a DeBakey Surgitool mechanical aortic valve prosthesis implanted in 1972, which has been functioning for almost 34 years and still presents a good performance. COMMENT: Spontaneous strut fractures associated with haemodynamic complications and death, even in asymptomatic patients, was the reason to withdraw this prosthetic valve from the market. However, a prophylactic replacement of DeBakey Surgitool valve was not indicated in our patient due to the excellent prosthesis compliance.
Andres Beiras-Fernandez; Martin Oberhoffer; Felix Kur; Ingo Kaczmarek; Calin Vicol; Bruno Reichart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-07-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-02     Completed Date:  2007-08-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  637-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Marchioninistrasse 15, 81377 Munich, Germany.
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