Early stenosis of stentless bioprosthetic valves is rarely reported. In this report, we discuss a 75-year-old woman who presented with signs of congestive heart failure 5 months after a stentless aortic valve replacement, complicated by postoperative heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Intraoperative findings were highly unusual, consisting of a fibrous band in the subvalvular apparatus linking the interventricular septum to the free wall of the left ventricle, resulting in significant left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. The possible causes of the fibrous band are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine