Volume 30, Issue 2 (April 1985)
Mechanical Failure of a Mitral Valve Prosthesis: An Unusual Case of Sudden Unexpected Death
Sudden unexpected death caused by the failure of a cardiac valve prosthesis is a rare occurrence. A 45-year-old female suddenly died three years following mitral valve replacement for rheumatic mitral stenosis. At autopsy, death was determined to be due to a metallic fatigue of the mitral valve prosthesis.