Reoperation on a Starr-Edwards ball valve without structural deterioration

Yukihiro Hayatsu, Takeshi Saito, Osamu Adachi, Kiichiro Kumagai, Masatoshi Akiyama, Naotaka Motoyoshi, Shunsuke Kawamoto, Yoshikatsu Saiki

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Accurate measurement of pressure gradients on echocardiography across a Starr-Edwards (SE) ball valve is difficult due to its unique flow pattern. The decision of indication for reoperation on the valve requires multifactorical evaluation. We report a surgical case with an aortic SE ball valve 43 years after implantation. There was no apparent structural deterioration on the ball per se, yet, remarkable pannus formation was noted beneath the sewing cuff in the left ventricular outflow tract.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)827-829
Number of pages3
JournalGeneral thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec


  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Cardiac reoperation
  • Echocardiography
  • Pannus formation
  • Starr-Edwards ball valve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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