(Received 15 September 1984; accepted 9 October 1984)
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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.
Head, Autopsy Service, Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Investigation, Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA
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