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Cardiovascular Ultrasound

, 8:52

First Online: 28 November 2010Received: 24 September 2010Accepted: 28 November 2010


Biologic valves can sometimes have a small closure or leakage backflow jet originating from the central coaptation point. This is physiologic regurgitation that usually only requires monitoring, and not treatment.

Another non-central transvalvular leakage is occasionally seen in both porcine and pericardial valves and originates from the base of the stent post. Typically, it spontaneously decreases or even disappears by the end of the surgery, after administration of protamine. This leak, however, needs to be distinguished from abnormal paravalvular leakages, especially if the regurgitation is relatively large, as this may require an extra cardio-pulmonary bypass CPB run.

In our case with stented bovine pericardial valves, detailed transesophageal echocardiography TEE examination immediately after CPB showed oblique and turbulent flow, which originated from the base of the stent post and flowed toward the anterior mitral leaflet. An extra CPB run, assessment of the cause of the leakage, and restoration if necessary, might have been required if the leakage did not improve or was exacerbated, because contact of the anterior mitral valve leaflet by the oblique flow is associated with the risks of infective endocarditis and hemolysis. Detailed TEE examination accurately delineated the site of the leak, which was subsequently found to originate from the site between the anterior stent post and the sewing ring. The leakage in this case was classified as non-paravalvular, non-central leakage within the sewing ring. Accurate diagnosis of the leakage by intra-operative TEE led to the decision to administer protamine and to adopt a wait-and-watch approach.

AbbreviationsAVRAortic valve replacement

CPBcardio-pulmonary bypass

CFDcolor flow Doppler


MEmid esophageal


TEEtransesophageal echocardiography


Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1476-7120-8-52 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Masataka Kuroda - Takashi Sudo - Shiro Koizuka - Koichi Nishikawa - Yuji Kadoi - Shigeru Saito


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