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Significance of pulmonary valve prolapse. A cross sectional echocardiographic study.
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PMID:  6466512     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many patients with congenital heart disease now undergo cardiac surgery based solely on clinical and echocardiographic findings, but those with intracardiac shunts still frequently require cardiac catheterisation because there is no reliable non-invasive method of measuring the pulmonary artery pressure. Blinded to the haemodynamic results two independent observers retrospectively studied the cross sectional echocardiograms of 59 patients with uncomplicated ventricular septal defect to assess whether diastolic backward bowing of the pulmonary valve leaflets towards the right ventricular outflow tract (pulmonary valve prolapse) was associated with pulmonary hypertension. There was considerable interobserver variation in the diagnosis of pulmonary valve prolapse, but concordance was achieved in 27 cases. Mean pulmonary artery systolic and mean and diastolic pressures and the ratios of aortic to pulmonary artery mean pressures were all significantly higher for the group with pulmonary valve prolapse diagnosed by both observers than for the group without, thus showing an association between pulmonary valve prolapse and pulmonary hypertension. Further studies are warranted to determine the usefulness of this cross sectional echocardiographic sign in routine clinical practice.
P J Robinson; K H Wyse; F J Macartney
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British heart journal     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0007-0769     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Heart J     Publication Date:  1984 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-10-24     Completed Date:  1984-10-24     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370634     Medline TA:  Br Heart J     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  266-71     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aorta / physiopathology
Blood Pressure
Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / complications
Hypertension, Pulmonary / etiology
Prolapse / diagnosis
Pulmonary Artery / physiopathology
Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency / complications,  diagnosis*
Retrospective Studies

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