JOURNAL ARTICLE

Prosthetic valve thrombosis: twenty-year experience at the Montreal Heart Institute

Nicolas Dürrleman, Michel Pellerin, Denis Bouchard, Yves Hébert, Raymond Cartier, Louis P Perrault, Arsène Basmadjian, Michel Carrier
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2004, 127 (5): 1388-92
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BACKGROUND: Prosthetic valve thrombosis is a life-threatening complication. We reviewed the incidence, risk factors, and treatment strategies of this rare complication.

METHODS: From February 1981 through January 2001, 5430 valve operations were performed in 4924 patients at the Montreal Heart Institute. Of this cohort, 39 patients presented with prosthetic valve thrombosis and had complete follow-up data obtained from our prospective valve clinic database.

RESULTS: In this series 82% of patients were women, and the mean age was 58 +/- 11 years. The underlying pathology involved the mitral valve in 75% of cases. Most prosthetic valve thromboses occurred with mechanical prostheses (95%). The time interval from first valve replacement to prosthetic valve thrombosis was 39 +/- 42 months. The most frequent clinical presentation was severe congestive heart failure (44%). On prosthetic valve thrombosis presentation, the international normalized ratio was less than 2.5 in 54%, with inadequate anticoagulation management in 26% and poor compliance in 26%. Eighty-two percent of patients underwent a surgical procedure, consisting of thrombectomy in 47%, mitral valve replacement in 47%, and aortic valve replacement in 6% of patients. The 30-day operative mortality and total in-hospital mortality after prosthetic valve thrombosis were 25% and 41%, respectively. The 10-year actuarial survival after prosthetic valve thrombosis was 46% +/- 10%.

CONCLUSION: Inadequate level of anticoagulation is the most important factor involved in the pathogenesis of prosthetic valve thrombosis. The overall mortality rate despite surgical treatment remains high. This study underscores the importance of meticulous surveillance of anticoagulation therapy in patients with prosthetic valves.

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