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Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Oct;104(4):e315-e317. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.04.051.

An Unusual Case of Arterial Embolism in an Adolescent With a Mitral Valve Repair With a Ring.

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1
Thessaloniki Heart Institute, St. Luke's Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. Electronic address: christostourmousoglou@gmail.com.
2
Vascular Unit, 5th Department of Surgery, Hippokratio Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
3
Department of Radiology, St. Luke's Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.
4
Department of Cardiology, St. Luke's Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.
5
Department of Pathology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
6
Thessaloniki Heart Institute, St. Luke's Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

We report a case of an adolescent young man who presented with embolism of both lower legs. The patient had undergone mitral valve repair with a Kalangos biodegradable ring (Bioring SA, Lonay, Switzerland) 9 months earlier. Bilateral embolectomy was performed. Histopathologic examination revealed minute fragments of synthetic material within the embolus, which otherwise consisted of recent thrombus.

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