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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0920081022.
Published online Nov 10, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.09.2008.1022
PMCID: PMC3027822
Rare disease
Severe haemolytic anaemia after valvuloplasty and annuloplasty
S Al Zeer,1 A Dalbeni,1 L Pozzani,2 A Lechi,1 and P Delva1
1Department of Biomedical and Surgical Science, Section of Internal Medicine, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
2Department of Biomedical and Surgical Science, Section of Cardiology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Correspondence to S Al Zeer, silviaalzeer/at/virgilio.it
Abstract
Haemolytic anaemia is a well-recognised but rare complication of heart-valve prostheses. The authors report a case of an 80-year-old woman with severe haemolytic anaemia previously treated with valvuloplasty and annuloplasty without rings. To our knowledge, no cases of haemolysis have been described with this type of surgery.
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