Published Online: 1 January 1998
Page Count: 3
Chief of Pathology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Woodland Hills, associate clinical professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Medical student University of Health Sciences, Antigua, CA
Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, County of Los Angeles, Department of Coroner, Los Angeles, California
(Received 1 April 1997; accepted 21 April 1997)
We report an unusual case of a Starr-Edwards aortic valve malfunction with fatal dislodgment and embolization of its ball portion to the distal abdominal aorta, just above the bifurcation, leading to sudden death. This case is unusual in that it is, to date, the longest time elapsed between valve placement and ball dislodgment.
Paper ID: JFS16121J