Critical mitral stenosis causing ischemic hepatic failure. Successful treatment by percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy.


Journal Article

We report a 52-year-old patient with severe mitral stenosis who developed new onset atrial fibrillation, low output congestive heart failure and fulminant ischemic hepatic failure with subsequent severe coagulopathy. Percutaneous mitral valvotomy resulted in dramatic clinical improvement with complete resolution of liver function. This case illustrates the potential life-saving role for percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy in treating critically ill patients who are unable to undergo thoracotomy due to coexisting medical illness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harding, MB; Harrison, JK; Davidson, CJ; Kisslo, KB; Bashore, TM

Published Date

  • March 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 101 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 866 - 869

PubMed ID

  • 1541166

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1541166

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-3692

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1378/chest.101.3.866


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States