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You are here: Contents > 2012 > Volume 21 Number 1 January 2012 > AORTIC VALVE DISEASE > Complementary Assessment of Aortic Bioprosthetic Dysfunction Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography

Complementary Assessment of Aortic Bioprosthetic Dysfunction Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography

Florian von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, Rainer Röttgen, Jeanette Schulz-Menger 

Working Group on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Experimental and Clinical Research Center, Medical University Berlin, Charité Campus Buch, Berlin, Department of Cardiology and Nephrology, HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch, Berlin, Department of Radiology, Medical University Berlin, Charité Campus Virchow, Berlin, Germany

The case is reported of a 28-year-old subject with a bioprosthesis (Shelhigh® 31) in the aortic position, with symptoms of heart failure and possible prosthetic dysfunction. As the echocardiographic interrogation remained inconclusive, the patient underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging, which revealed an impaired movement of the non-coronary cusp. In addition, computed

tomography (CT) demonstrated severe calcification of the immobile prosthetic component. Hence, in selected patients, both CMR and CT can be used as complementary tools to evaluate the dysfunction and pathology of heart valve bioprostheses.


The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2012;21:20-22

Complementary Assessment of Aortic Bioprosthetic Dysfunction Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Computed Tomography

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