Strut Fracture and Disc Embolization in Björk-Shiley Mitral Valve Prostheses: Diagnosis and Management

Paul K. Davis, John Myers, John L. Pennock, Brian L. Thiele

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Mechanical failure of the Björk-Shiley tilting disc prosthesis is a rare but catastrophic complication of the valve. Several previously reported cases of major strut fracture with disc embolization led to improvements in the structure of the prosthesis. A case of minor strut fracture in the improved convexoconcave model of the Björk-Shiley mitral valve prosthesis is described. The literature on mechanical failures in the Björk-Shiley mitral valve prosthesis is reviewed, and recommendations for recognition and management of this problem are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1985


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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