Journal Published Online: 01 January 1998
Volume 43, Issue 1

Fatal Embolization of Ball Portion of Starr-Edwards Aortic Valve Prosthesis



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.

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Reddy, KK
Medical student University of Health Sciences, Antigua, CA
Anders, KH
UCLA School of Medicine, CA
Sathyavagiswaran, L
County of Los Angeles, Department of Coroner, Los Angeles, California
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS16121J