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Debate - Part 2

Prosthetic Valve Obstruction - Surgery is the Preferred Option

Volume 1, Oct 2012

Ganesan Karthikeyan, MD, DM, MSc, New Delhi, India

Left-sided prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) is commonly encountered in our country. Although there are no prospective studies from which a reliable assessment of its incidence can be made, there is evidence to suggest that it occurs much more frequently here than in developed countries. A retrospective study found that over 6% of patients developed valve thrombosis over a 6-month period (1). Likewise, estimates derived from a trial of treatment of PVT also suggested an annual rate of 10% (2).

Volume 1, Number 4, Pages: 190-2

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