Echocardiographic detection of tricuspid valve prolapse.
The echocardiographic findings in 12 patients with tricuspid valve prolapse are presented. Eight of these patients had associated mitral valve prolapse. Only one of the above patients had the characteristic physical signs of tricuspid incompetence. Two types of abnormality were noted on the echocardiogram of the tricuspid valve. In eight patients, the systolic segment of the tricuspid valve showed an initial horizontal motion followed by a posterior motion in midsystole. Four patients exhibited posterior motion of the tricuspid valve in early systole, which reached a maximum in midsystole, and this was followed by an anterior motion, thus producing a hammock-like configuration. We conclude that echocardiography is useful in the diagnosis of tricuspid valve prolapse. Since this condition may be associated with clinically significant tricuspid incompetence or bacterial endocarditis, its recognition is of clinical importance.
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