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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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SALAZAR, Santiago et al. Refractory pulmonary edema secondary to severe aortic valvular stenosis - aortic valvuloplasty as bridge therapy to surgery. Rev. Colom. Cardiol. [online]. 2009, vol.16, n.2, pp.76-82. ISSN 0120-5633.

Aortic valve stenosis is a progressive disease; when it is severe and symptomatic has a bleak prognosis that affects adversely the patient survival. In these cases, the treatment of choice is valve replacement surgery that under certain circumstances can bear a huge risk that forces the physician to consider less aggressive management alternatives to solve the problem. The case of a 65 years old male with severe aortic valve stenosis is reported. He developed pulmonary edema refractory to medical treatment that was solved by aortic valvuloplasty as bridge therapy to surgery.

Keywords : aortic valve stenosis; valvuloplasty; pulmonary edema; surgical risk.

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