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Survival following fracture of strut from mitral prosthesis with disc translocation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  449379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mechanical complications of prosthetic valves are increasingly rare. The acute, catastrophic nature of the symptoms associated with massive transvalvular regurgitation preclude survival except with immediate operation. In the patient described herein, two weld fractures of a Björk-Shiley mitral prosthetic strut led to displacement of the valve occluder into the left atrium. The patient survived reoperation, following which the strut was detected radiologically in the left ventricular free wall. A slow, limited recovery resulted from his 5 preoperative hours of deep shock and coma. No complication attributable to the retained ventricular foreign body has been identified.
M T McEnany; E O Wheeler; W G Austen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0022-5223     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  1979 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-08-16     Completed Date:  1979-08-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376343     Medline TA:  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Foreign Bodies / etiology*
Heart Atria*
Heart Valve Prosthesis / adverse effects*
Mitral Valve* / surgery
Mitral Valve Insufficiency / complications,  etiology*,  surgery

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