We report a 52-year-old patient with severe mitral stenosis who developed new onset atrial fibrillation, low output congestive heart failure and fulminant ischemic hepatic failure with subsequent severe coagulopathy. Percutaneous mitral valvotomy resulted in dramatic clinical improvement with complete resolution of liver function. This case illustrates the potential life-saving role for percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy in treating critically ill patients who are unable to undergo thoracotomy due to coexisting medical illness.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine