Volume 30, Issue 2 (April 1985)

    Mechanical Failure of a Mitral Valve Prosthesis: An Unusual Case of Sudden Unexpected Death

    (Received 15 September 1984; accepted 9 October 1984)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    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.


    Author Information:

    Clark, MA
    Head, Autopsy Service, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Investigation, Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA


    Stock #: JFS11838J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11838J

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    Title Mechanical Failure of a Mitral Valve Prosthesis: An Unusual Case of Sudden Unexpected Death
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    Committee E30