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Mitral disc-valve variance
  1. Renato B. Berroya,
  2. Fernando B. Escano, Jr.
  1. Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York 11576


    This report deals with a rare complication of disc-valve prosthesis in the mitral area. A significant disc poppet and struts destruction of mitral Beall valve prostheses occurred 20 and 17 months after implantation. The resulting valve incompetence in the first case contributed to the death of the patient. The durability of Teflon prosthetic valves appears to be in question and this type of valve probably will be unacceptable if there is an increasing number of disc-valve variance in the future.

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