Successful Fibrinolytic Therapy in a Challenging Obstructive Prosthetic Mitral Valve Thrombosis

Amr Essa, Toufik Haddad, Terrence Slattery

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Prosthetic valve thrombosis is a rare and severe complication of the mechanical prosthetic valve. Management can be challenging due to varying clinical presentation, overlapping features of differential diagnosis, and lack of randomized controlled trials on the therapeutic options. In this article, we report the case of a patient with a mechanical prosthetic mitral valve presented with symptoms of heart failure, and an echocardiography showing increased mean pressure gradient across the prosthesis along with a fixed posterior leaflet and a partially restricted anterior leaflet with no visible mass. That raised the concern for an obstructed prosthesis. After multimodality imaging and multidisciplinary team discussions, prosthetic valve thrombosis diagnosis was favored over other different diagnoses that included but not limited to pannus ingrowth. Fibrinolytic therapy was administrated, and the patient was discharged on optimal anticoagulation. Repeated echocardiography a month later showed normal mean gradient and normal functioning prosthetic mitral valve without the need for repeat mitral valve surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
StatePublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research


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