Heart, Lung and Circulation
Brief Communication| Volume 27, ISSUE 6, e70-e72, June 2018

Recurrent Bioprosthetic Valve Thrombosis — Should Long-Term Anticoagulation Be Considered?

Published:December 11, 2017DOI:
      Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis (BPVT) is an important and potentially reversible cause of valvular dysfunction. This complication can occur many years after surgery and understanding of the precise mechanisms and risk factors is limited. Anticoagulation therapy has been demonstrated to be effective in improving BPVT. However, the optimal duration of therapy and the risk of recurrence are unknown. Herein, we describe two cases—one of late BPVT and one of recurrence of BPVT after cessation of anticoagulation therapy.


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