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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009, Article ID 165858, 2 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/165858
Case Report

Extended Durability of a Cloth-Covered Star-Edwards Caged Ball Prosthesis in Aortic Position

1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Education and Research Hospital, 16330 Bursa, Turkey
2Department of Anesthesiology, Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Education and Research Hospital, 16330 Bursa, Turkey

Received 9 November 2009; Accepted 22 December 2009

Academic Editor: Murat Ugurlucan

Copyright © 2009 Yusuf Ata et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Starr-Edwards caged ball valve is one of the oldest cardiac valve prosthesis and was widely used all around the world in the past decades. Despite the long-term results that have been reported there are only a few cases reported that exceed 30 years of durability. Here in, we report a 53-year-old patient with a well-functioning 35-year-old aortic Starr-Edwards caged ball prosthesis.