Mechanical cardiac valve thrombosis. Is fibrinolysis justified?


BACKGROUND Thrombosis is a serious complication of heart valve replacement, and management is often difficult. In recent years, thrombolytic therapy has been used as the primary technique by some investigators. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixty-four consecutive patients presenting with 75 instances of prosthetic heart valve thrombosis (41 mitral, 33 aortic, one… (More)