Black Aortic Valve: A Surprise Finding of What Clinical Relevance?

Al-Amodi HA, Tweedie EJ, Iglesias I, Chu MW.
Can J Cardiol. 2017 Feb 1. pii: S0828-282X(17)30035-1. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.01.019. [Epub ahead of print]

"A 36-year-old woman presented to the hospital with acute congestive heart failure in keeping with New York Heart Association class III symptoms....Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging suggested that she was a reasonable candidate for a Ross procedure. At operation, she was surprisingly found to have a calcified unicuspid aortic valve with diffuse black discolouration of the cusps." (AlAmodi, 2017). 

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