TURK GOGUS KALP DAMAR CERRAHISI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, vol.18, no.4, pp.327-329, 2010 (SCI-Expanded)
Isolated tricuspid valve replacement is not a common operation and the choice between mechanical and biologic prostheses remains controversial. When mechanical prosthesis are used, anticoagulant therapy is mandatory. In this article, we report a 21-years-old female patient who survived 15-years without anticoagulation following tricuspid valve replacement with a Bjork-Shiley prosthesis. Ultimately the mechanical valve was stuck and we replaced the tricuspid valve with a St. Jude Medical trileaflet bioprosthesis.