Do all hemolytic anemias that occur after mitral valve repair require surgical treatment?


Gungunes A., Akpinar I., Dogan M., Baser K., YILDIRIM İ. S. , HAZNEDAROĞLU İ. C.

Clinical Cardiology, vol.33, no.12, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/clc.20393
  • Journal Name: Clinical Cardiology
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

We report on a 29-year-old woman with severe hemolytic anemia following mitral valve annuloplasty. Although hemolysis due to mechanical prosthetic mitral valve is well recognized, hemolytic anemia associated with mitral valve repair is an uncommon condition. Reoperation may be considered if the patient has serious and persistent anemia. Although valve replacement is suggested to be a unique intervention, it may not be the solution every time because of mechanical effects. Various mechanisms of hemolysis related to mitral valve repair were suggested, but sufficient and precise data is not available. In this case, we tried to emphasize whether all hemolytic anemias that occur after mitral valve repair require surgical treatment. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.