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Leaflet escape in a modern mechanical heart valve: structure and cavitation
  1. S P Collison,
  2. Y K Mishra
  1. Correspondence to dryugal{at}

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A 23-year-old lady presented with New York Heart Association class III dyspnoea of 5 days' duration. She had undergone mechanical aortic valve replacement elsewhere 2 years ago and was irregular with oral anticoagulant therapy. Transthoracic echocardiography (not shown) revealed that only one leaflet was moving, and she was diagnosed as having a stuck aortic valve. At surgery, following aortotomy, when the valve was examined, …

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