Successful thrombectomy for thrombosis of aortic composite valve graft in pregnancy

Francesco Alessandrini, Elisabetta Lapenna, Giuseppe Nasso, Michele De Bonis, Gian Federico Possati

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Prosthetic heart valve thrombosis in pregnancy is a life-threatening complication whose management remains controversial and particularly difficult because of the additional challenge to save the fetus. Thrombolysis, thrombectomy, or prosthetic replacement are the currently available options. We report the case of a 17-week pregnant patient who was successfully treated by emergency openheart thrombectomy for thrombosis of an aortic composite valve graft. Pregnancy was carried to term and a healthy baby was vaginally delivered 5 months later.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1318
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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