Bioprosthesis are commonly used in the elderly population. Structural valve deterioration affects the long-term durability.
The Authors report an early deterioration of a Mitroflow valve caused by ring deformation and prosthetic leaflet rupture. The 69-years-old patient, treated at the Centro Cardiologico Monzino, underwent successful redo surgery with excision of the bioprosthesis and placement of a mechanical valve.
Gennari M, Polvani G, Rubino M, Arlati F, Annoni A, Agrifoglio M. Undiagnosed mitroflow bioprosthesis deformation causing early structural valve deterioration. Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2017 Nov 29. doi: 10.1007/s11748-017-0868-8. [Epub ahead of print] Go to PubMed