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Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Print version ISSN 0102-7638
CUNHA, Claudio Ribeiro da; SANTOS, Paulo César; ATIK, Fernando Antibas and CONTI, Daniel Oliveira de. Acute aortic insufficiency due to avulsion of aortic valve comissure. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2012, vol.27, n.1, pp.160-162. ISSN 0102-7638. http://dx.doi.org/10.5935/1678-9741.20120024.
A 66-year-old male patient, prior hypertension, a history of orthopnea, palpitations and chest pain of sudden onset, which was diagnosed as spontaneous avulsion of aortic valve commissure and consequent aortic insufficiency progressing to acute left heart failure refractory to medical treatment. The patient underwent early surgical replacement of the aortic valve by a bioprosthesis, and presented satisfactory postoperative course. Currently, four years after the event, still in attendance in functional class I.
Keywords : aortic valve insufficiency; heart valve diseases; cardiac surgical procedures.