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Paravalvular leak after mechanical aortic valve replacement causing hemolytic anemia

closure with vascular plug

Alawami, Mohammeda; Nicholas, Brydena; Watson, Timothya,b,c; Ruygrok, Petera; Pemberton, Jamesa

Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine: December 2016 - Volume 17 - Issue - p e189–e190
doi: 10.2459/JCM.0000000000000132
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We report a case of a 79-year-old man with hemolytic anemia caused by a small paravalvular leak after aortic valve replacement with mechanical prosthesis. The defect was successfully treated with a vascular plug.

aCardiology Department, Green Lane Cardiovascular Service

bFaculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

cFaculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Correspondence to Dr Timothy Watson, Consultant Cardiologist, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Lembah Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 7967 6686; fax +60 3 7967 8841; e-mail:

Received 12 August, 2013

Revised 1 December, 2013

Accepted 7 April, 2014

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