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Cardiol Clin. 1998 Aug;16(3):551-72, x.

Tricuspid valve disease. Clinical evaluation, physiopathology, and management.

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Cardiac Non-Invasive Laboratory, VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas, USA.


The tricuspid and mitral valves are homologous whose function depends on coordination among components. Isolated tricuspid valve abnormalities are relatively uncommon. Rheumatic disease, chemicals, immunologic and degenerative disorders alter leaflet anatomy and may result in either stenosis, insufficiency or a combination. More often, tricuspid disorders present as a component of congenital syndromes or secondary to pulmonary vascular or let heart disease which alter geometry and function of nonleaflet components.

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