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Third replacement of the tricuspid valve in combined aortic-tricuspid defect

Third replacement of the tricuspid valve in combined aortic-tricuspid defect

Zeitschrift für Kardiologie 79(11): 797-801

The implantation of valvular prostheses in tricuspid position is problematic due to the slow blood flow in the low-pressure system with the risk of valvular thromboses. Today there are prostheses with supportable low transvalvular gradients; nevertheless, the risk of valvular thromboses is, in spite of anticoagulation, increased by using mechanical prostheses in tricuspid position. We report on a 51-year-old woman in whom a dysfunction of the Starr Edwards ball prosthesis 15 years after its implantation in the tricuspid position was diagnosed. The prosthesis, which was unable to function due to connective tissue proliferation, was replaced by a St. Jude Medical prosthetic valve, which also presented a disturbed function a few days after the implantation. Because of a suspected valve thrombosis the patient was treated with rt-PA-lysis which proved to be ineffective. Thus it was inevitable to implant a third tricuspid valve; this time a bioprosthesis was used.

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