Title
An unusual case of aortic valve obstructionAn unusual case of aortic valve obstruction
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Research group
Antwerp Surgical Training, Anatomy and Research Centre (ASTARC)
Department of Biomedical Sciences - other
Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (REVAKI)
Publication type
article
Publication
Bruxelles,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Acta cardiologica. - Bruxelles
Volume/pages
68(2013):3, p. 328-330
ISSN
0001-5385
ISI
000321416200015
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
During a dissection class for anatomy, a white lipoid mass was found in the ascending aorta, which was partly attached to the wall and filled the sinuses of Valsalva and almost fitting as a cast. This mass prevented full opening of the mobile aortic valve leaflets, thereby causing an obstruction. Microscopic analysis revealed fibres and presence of polymorphonuclear white blood cells. It seems reasonable to assume that this mass has formed in the last weeks or months of the life of this subject, which is much quicker than for calcified aortic valve stenosis. Therefore, signs and symptoms of aortic obstruction might have been missed or misinterpreted. In case of timely detection during life, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic approach can be challenging.
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