Structural failure of a Model 2400 Starr-Edwards aortic track valve occurred suddenly, 4 years after implantation. At operation, the valve cage was removed from the descending aorta. Examination of the excised prosthesis disclosed minimal cloth wear and no evidence of infective growth; however, three struts were fractures above their insertion into the valve ring. To our knowledge this type of valve malfunction has not been previously noted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Texas Heart Institute Journal|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine