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Case report
Bioprosthetic aortic valve haemodynamic deterioration secondary to a thrombus
  1. Martin A Chacon-Portillo1,
  2. Bishnu Dhakal2 and
  3. Rajesh Janardhanan3
  1. 1Internal Medicine, Banner University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  2. 2University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  3. 3Sarver Heart Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Martin A Chacon-Portillo; mchacon{at}


A 77-year-old man with a history of coronary artery bypass grafting and surgical aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis 2 years prior presented with exertional chest pain and shortness of breath. The patient underwent a thorough initial evaluation including a transthoracic echocardiogram and coronary angiogram without significant findings. One month later the patient presented with worsened symptoms and a repeat echocardiogram showed an increased mean aortic valve gradient of 87 mm Hg. The patient had to undergo reoperation for a surgical aortic valve replacement and was found to have an aortic bioprosthetic valve thrombus. This case suggests a mismatch between the aortic prosthesis and the patient’s aortic root size.

  • interventional cardiology
  • cardiothoracic surgery

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  • Contributors All authors were involved in the conception and design of the case report. All authors were involved in the drafting of the article. All authors approved the final version of the article. MAC-P conceptualised and designed the case report, interpreted the laboratory results, drafted the initial manuscript and approved it for publication. BD conceptualised and designed the study, interpreted the data, drafted the initial manuscript and approved it for publication. RJ interpreted the data, critically revised the manuscript and approved it for publication.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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