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Malfunctioning prosthetic heart valves have been previously associated with nonimmune hemolytic anemia; however, disseminated intravascular coagulation has not previously been noted as a complication in the absence of infective endocarditis. The authors report the case of an 81-year-old woman who developed disseminated intravascular coagulation associated with a dysfunctional prosthetic heart valve.
From the Division of Hematology/Oncology (ctc), Department of Medicine (ctc, ra, crm, cyc), The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, Texas; and Scott and White Memorial Hospital System (ctc, crm, cyc), Temple, Texas.
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Name: The American journal of the medical sciences
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