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Multiple recurrent periprosthetic leak after a mitral valve replacement in a 30-year-old man

Karimov, Jamshid H; Piagneri, Valeria; Murzi, Michele; Latsuzbaia, Kakhaber; Tiwari, Kaushal; Cerillo, Alfredo Giuseppe; Solinas, Marco; Glauber, Mattia

Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: April 2010 - Volume 11 - Issue 4 - p 288–290
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0b013e32833018ce
Case reports

Partial detachment of intracardiac prosthesis is a common reality in cardiac surgical practice. Its identification and surgical correction can be very crucial for a patient, as well as for the surgeon. In this paper, we report a case of a 30-year-old man with partial detachment of mechanical mitral valve prosthesis. He recently underwent his seventh heart surgery procedure; five of them were caused by recurrent dehiscence of mitral valve prosthesis.

aDepartment of Adult Cardiac Surgery, Italy

bDepartment of Radiology, ‘G. Pasquinucci’ Heart Hospital, G. Monasterio Foundation, National Research Council, Massa, Italy

Received 26 April, 2009

Revised 23 June, 2009

Accepted 25 June, 2009

Correspondence to Jamshid H. Karimov, MD, MCh, Department of Adult Cardiac Surgery, ‘G. Pasquinucci’ Heart Hospital, Via Aurelia Sud, 54100 Massa, Italy Tel: +39 0585 49 3604; fax: +39 0585 49 3614; e-mail:

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