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Spectrum of echocardiographic findings in tricuspid valve endocarditis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  518777     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report describes a spectrum of M-mode and cross-sectional echocardiographic abnormalities in eight patients with infective endocarditis of the tricuspid valve. The M-mode echocardiogram of the tricuspid valve was abnormal in all but one patient in whom abnormal echoes were seen anterior to the tricuspid valve, in the right ventricular cavity and right ventricular outflow tract. Six patients had shaggy echoes on the tricuspid valve; and one patient showed multilayered echoes on the tricuspid valve which resembled a right atrial myxoma. Irregular diastolic fluttering of the tricuspid valve, indicative of ruptured chordae tendineae, was noted in three patients. The cross-sectional echocardiogram showed abnormal thick shaggy echoes on the tricuspid valve in all five patients on whom the procedure was performed. Contrast echocardiography confirmed the presence of tricuspid regurgitation in four patients. We conclude that echocardiography is useful in the diagnosis of tricuspid valve vegetations, and in detecting complications such as ruptured chordae tendineae and tricuspid regurgitation.
P A Chandraratna; W S Aronow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British heart journal     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0007-0769     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Heart J     Publication Date:  1979 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-03-17     Completed Date:  1980-03-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370634     Medline TA:  Br Heart J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  528-32     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Chordae Tendineae
Endocarditis, Bacterial / complications,  diagnosis*
Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency / diagnosis*,  etiology

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