Aorto–Left Atrial Fistula after Mitral Valve Surgery (pages 1446–1448)
Mahmut Yesin, Macit Kalçık, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Süleyman Karakoyun, Sabahattin Gündüz, Cengiz Köksal and Mehmet Özkan
Article first published online: 27 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/echo.12959
The most common cardiac complications after prosthetic valve replacement include prosthetic valve endocarditis, thromboembolism, pericardial effusion, hemolysis, and valve failure due to prosthetic valve thrombosis or periprosthetic regurgitation. Aorto-atrial fistula after valve surgery is a rare complication, which usually occurs after aortic valve surgery. However, development of an aorto-left atrial fistula after prosthetic mitral valve replacement is very rare. Here, we present a patient who had aorto-atrial fistula evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography.