Intravascular haemolysis is frequently seen in patients after heart valve replacement, but is often compensated. The cause of the haemolysis is traumatic damage of the red cells. It is more often seen after aortic, than after mitral replacement, because the transvalvular pressure gradient is higher and is more severe in ball valves than in disc valves. If substitution therapy with iron, folic acid, or even red cells fails, reoperation should be seriously considered.
|Translated title of the contribution||Haemolysis after heart valve replacement|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1975|