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Transapical aortic valve implantation – a rescue procedure for patients with aortic stenosis and “porcelain aorta”
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Submission date: 2010-08-27
Final revision date: 2010-10-24
Acceptance date: 2010-12-13
Online publication date: 2011-07-11
Publication date: 2011-06-29
Arch Med Sci 2011;7(3):528-532
Surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) still remains the treatment of choice in symptomatic significant aortic stenosis (AS). Due to technical problems, extensive calcification of the ascending aorta (“porcelain aorta”) is an additional risk factor for surgery and transapical aortic valve implantation (TAAVI) is likely to be the only rescue procedure for this group of patients. We describe the case of an 81-year-old woman with severe AS and “porcelain aorta”, in whom the only available life-saving intervention was TAAVI.
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