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- Received May 17, 1983
- Revision received August 16, 1983
- Accepted August 22, 1983
- Published online February 1, 1984.
- Vladimir Yakirevich, MD1,
- Hylton I. Miller, MB*,1,
- Itzhak Shapira, MD1,
- Enrico Ostzjega, MD1,
- Moshe Gueron, MD1,
- Aryeh Y. Vanderman, MD1 and
- Bernardo Vidne, MD1
- ↵*Address for reprints: Hylton I. Miller, MB, Department of Cardiology, Tel Aviv Medical Center, 6 Weitzman Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 64239.
A 65 year old patient had his mitral and aortic valves replaced with two Braunwald-Cutter prostheses in 1973. Seven years later, he presented with intermittent aortic insufficiency demonstrated by echocardiography, fluoroscopy and angiography. At emergency surgery, the occluders (poppets) of both prostheses were found within the left ventricular cavity. The valves were excised and replaced with Björk-Shiley prostheses and the patient recovered. Aortic occluder escape is rare and usually fatal. Mitral occluder escape of the Braunwald-Cutter prosthesis has not been described previously.
- Received May 17, 1983.
- Revision received August 16, 1983.
- Accepted August 22, 1983.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation