Traumatic Cardiac Hemolytic Anemia: A Late Complication of a Starr-Edwards Mitral Valve Prosthesis

Gary B. Weiss, Arthur W. Nienhuis, Charles L. Mcintosh, Harvey G. Klein

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Abstract

Severe, traumatic, cardiac, hemolytic anemia developed in a patient nine years after mitral valve replacement with a Starr-Edwards model 6120 prosthesis. Cardiac catheterization failed to demonstrate a perivalvular leak or prosthetic malfunction. Transfusion on two occasions resulted in accelerated hemolysis and failed to maintain an appreciable elevation of the hemoglobin level. At operation, a perivalvular leak was found. Replacement of the valve led to complete resolution of the hemolytic problem. The case demonstrates that cardiac hemolysis may be a good indicator of valve dysfunction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-375
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume139
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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