Mechanical mitral valve thrombosis in an elderly patient


Prosthetic valve thrombosis is a rare but dreaded complication of mechanical heart valves. In this clinical picture, we present an elderly female who developed mechanical mitral valve thrombosis several years after mitral valve replacement. We have provided fluoroscopy as well as intraoperative images of mitral valve thrombosis and have briefly discussed the diagnosis, and management of this complication.

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Hussain, N., Rehman, A. & Cheema, F.H. Mechanical mitral valve thrombosis in an elderly patient. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging 30, 835–837 (2014).

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  • Prosthetic valve thrombosis
  • Elderly
  • Subtherapeutic anticoagulation