BMJ Case Reports 2010; doi:10.1136/bcr.09.2008.1022
  • Rare disease

Severe haemolytic anaemia after valvuloplasty and annuloplasty

  1. P Delva1
  1. 1Department of Biomedical and Surgical Science, Section of Internal Medicine, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  2. 2Department of Biomedical and Surgical Science, Section of Cardiology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  1. Correspondence to S Al Zeer, silviaalzeer{at}


Haemolytic anaemia is a well-recognised but rare complication of heart-valve prostheses. The authors report a case of an 80-year-old woman with severe haemolytic anaemia previously treated with valvuloplasty and annuloplasty without rings. To our knowledge, no cases of haemolysis have been described with this type of surgery.


  • Competing interests None.

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