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Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 May;95(5):1784-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.09.087.

Emergency valve re-replacement for embolization of prosthetic mitral valve disc during catheterization procedure.

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  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029, USA.


A 47-year-old woman with a mechanical mitral valve underwent a catheter-based atrial fibrillation ablation procedure, which was complicated by the dislodgment and immediate embolization of one of the valve leaflets. Acute severe mitral regurgitation and cardiogenic shock developed, necessitating emergency reoperative mitral valve re-replacement. She subsequently underwent a successful staged retrieval of the embolized leaflet from the abdominal aorta.

Copyright © 2013 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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