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Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2006 Aug;14(4):333-5.

Unusual structural valve degeneration in a cloth-covered Starr-Edwards valve.

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  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Center, Liverpool, United Kingdom.


Structural valve degeneration in a mechanical ball and cage prosthesis is a well-described entity. Here we describe an unusual case of structural valve degeneration of a cloth-covered composite-seat Starr-Edwards ball and cage valve prosthesis in the mitral position, where degeneration of the cloth covering of the seat of the valve led to significant intravalvular mitral regurgitation.

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