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Spontaneous mechanical aortic valve leaflet dislocation during implantation
  • Emmanouel Papadakis,
  • Thomas Martens,
  • Meletios Kanakis
Emmanouel Papadakis
Onassis Cardiac Suegery center
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Thomas Martens
University Hospital Ghent Heart Center
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Meletios Kanakis
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Abstract

Acute or delayed mechanical valve fracture with possible migration is a rare problem seen after valve replacement. We report a patient where mechanical aortic valve leaflet detachment was encountered during implantation. The missing leaflet was retrieved in the left atrium at the level of the right lower pulmonary vein. This has not yet been described, and prompt recognition and intervention is warranted.