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Tricuspid aortic valve with partial commissural fusion: prelminary report of an apparently common cause of aortic ejection sounds with potential for serious sequelae, illustrated by two cases.
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PMID:  10928509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report the cases of 2 patients whose tricuspid aortic valves were found to have partial commissural fusion. Both patients experienced complications that were probably related to this abnormality: bacterial endocarditis in 1 instance and a lacunar stroke in the other. In order to illustrate the similarity of physical findings, we also describe the case of a 3rd patient, who had a typical bicuspid aortic valve. Tricuspid aortic valve with partial commissural fusion has been described in autopsy series and has been predicted to cause an ejection sound, but we could find no previously published description of this lesion in living patients. We wish to alert others to the possible presence of aortic commissural fusion, to its potential for serious and likely preventable sequelae, and to the ability of carefully performed transthoracic high-resolution digital echocardiography to demonstrate this condition when its characteristics are found on physical examination.
J L Bedynek; F M Galioto; D F Leon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0730-2347     ISO Abbreviation:  Tex Heart Inst J     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-07     Completed Date:  2000-12-07     Revised Date:  2013-04-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214622     Medline TA:  Tex Heart Inst J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Georgetown University of School of Medicine, Washington, DC 20007, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aortic Valve / abnormalities*
Endocarditis, Bacterial / etiology
Heart Murmurs / etiology
Middle Aged
Stroke / etiology

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