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Leaflet tear in a Trifecta aortic bioprosthesis 34 months after implantation.

Authors
  • Piñón, Miguel
  • Durán, Darío
  • Pazos, Pablo
  • Pradas, Gonzalo
Type
Published Article
Journal
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2015
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
281–282
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/icvts/ivu384
PMID: 25404230
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Bioprosthetic valves are used in aortic valve replacement to avoid lifelong anticoagulation. Bovine pericardial valves have excellent haemodynamics and equivalent freedom from reoperation compared with a porcine bioprosthesis [ 1]. However, early failure (parastent post-cusp tear) can take place due to mechanical stress. We report an acute structural failure on a Trifecta pericardial valve (St Jude Medical, Inc.) explanted after 34 months from a 71-year old woman.

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