Japanese Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery Vol46,No6

A Case of Minimally Structural Deterioration in Starr-Edwards Caged-Disk Valve 39 Years after Implantation
Koji Akasu* Tomofumi Fukuda* Kosuke Saku*
Keishi Hashimoto* Satoshi Kikusaki* Koichi Arinaga*
Hiroyuki Tanaka*

(Department of Surgery, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan)

The durability of the Starr-Edwards(SE)mitral caged-disk valve, model 6520, is not clearly known. We reported that SE mitral caged-disk valves implanted >20 years previously should be carefully followed up, and that SE caged-disk valves implanted >30 years previously should be electively replaced with modern prosthetic valves in our experience. We found the removed valve 39 years after implantation, which seemed minimal structural deterioration. The patient was discharged on the 10th postoperative day without any complications.


Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 46:282-284(2017)

Keywords:caged-disk valve;structural valve deterioration;reoperation

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