Hufnagel Trileaflet Artificial Heart Valve

Description (Brief)
This is an early prototype of a curvilinear-shaped artificial heart valve developed by pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Charles Hufnagel (1916-1989) and his team at the Georgetown University.
The materials used to fabricate this prostethic were polypropylene cloth, metal frame and metal leaflets polypropylene coated in silicone. Because the silicone rubber proved to be less flexible than desired, their design was not used extensively.
Location
Currently not on view
maker
Hufnagel, Charles A.
Physical Description
polypropylene (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3/4 in x 1 in; 1.905 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
MG.M-11582.09
catalog number
M-11582.09
accession number
267860
Credit Line
Charles A. Hufnagel, M.D.
subject
Medicine
Cardiology
Prosthesis
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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