CXR with a bunch of hardware…

May 10, 2013

Chest XR, Devices, Non-Trauma, XR

I had a patient come in the other day with an interesting Chest Xray:

Aortic valve repair

This patient has a lot of hardware in his chest.

  1. He has a tracheostomy present
  2. Surgical clips can be seen on the aortic arch
  3. This is an artificial aortic valve
  4. Sternal wires for closure after his aortic valve replacement

Here is a link to an interesting image the New England Journal of Medicine published in 2005 that shows a person with replacements in all 4 valves:

Four Valver!

Author:  Russell Jones, MD


Bijl M, van den Brink R.  Images in Clinical Medicine:  Four Artificial Heart Valves.  N Engl J Med 2005; 353: 712


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