Early stenosis of stentless aortic valve prosthesis: A word of caution

Adil H. Al Kindi, Alice Le Huu, Dominique Shum-Tim*

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Early stenosis of stentless bioprosthetic valves is rarely reported. In this report, we discuss a 75-year-old woman who presented with signs of congestive heart failure 5 months after a stentless aortic valve replacement, complicated by postoperative heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Intraoperative findings were highly unusual, consisting of a fibrous band in the subvalvular apparatus linking the interventricular septum to the free wall of the left ventricle, resulting in significant left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. The possible causes of the fibrous band are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-985
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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