Left ventricular to coronary sinus fistula following multiple mitral valve replacement surgeries.

Department of Medicine, J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Journal of Cardiac Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.35). 02/2008; 23(1):65-7. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2007.00491.x
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ABSTRACT Development of left ventricular to coronary sinus fistula is a rare complication of mitral valve surgery. Three of the seven previously reported cases occurred following multiple valve replacement surgeries, all of which were thought to be secondary to a complication of surgery and all were treated with surgical closure of the fistula. We report a case of left ventricular to coronary sinus fistula occurring after two mitral valve replacement surgeries that was treated medically with favorable long-term results.