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- Received August 14, 2008
- Accepted August 26, 2008
- Published online December 9, 2008.
Recently developed cardiovascular therapies provide new insights into patient management. Nevertheless, they are not free from complications. Once more, cardiovascular imaging is the method of detecting them. This case shows an 84-year-old woman suffering from sudden cardiogenic shock 30 min after transapical prosthetic aortic valve delivery. Transesophageal echocardiographic images show the correctly implanted prosthesis (Panel A) and how, after the clinical impairment, the prosthesis partially occludes the left ventricular outflow tract after rotation and displacement from its original and correct position (Panels B and C). The patient was emergently operated, the prosthesis was removed (Panel D), and a stentless graft was implanted. This case shows the great help that cardiovascular imaging techniques represent for every advance in cardiac therapy.
- Received August 14, 2008.
- Accepted August 26, 2008.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation