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Starr-Edwards heart valve

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Cardiac valve replacement many years prior. Short of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 80
X-ray

Median sternotomy.

Ball and cage mitral valve replacement - Starr Edwards type.

Annotated image

Cage of valve shown - the ball being non-metallic is rarely evident.

Case Discussion

Prosthetic heart valve (s) are commonly observed on chest x-rays.

Many types exist - some of which are largely now historial, such as the Starr Edwards ball and cage valve.

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