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You are here: Contents > 2012 > Volume 21 Number 2 March 2012 > CASE REPORTS > Tricuspid Valvar Regurgitation in Congenital Absence of the Pericardium

Tricuspid Valvar Regurgitation in Congenital Absence of the Pericardium

Ricardo Petraco, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Michael A. Gatzoulis 

Imperial College and National Heart and Lung Institute, London, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, United Kingdom

Congenital absence of the pericardium (CAP) is a rare disorder in which most patients are asymptomatic. The association between this condition and the development of significant tricuspid valvar regurgitation (TR) has been reported, but the causal relationship between them is not clear. Herein is provided a review of all reported

cases of CAP associated with TR, and the potential pathogenetic mechanisms behind this association are discussed. Finally, it is suggested that blunt chest trauma might play be a link between these two isolated findings.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2012;21:270-271

Tricuspid Valvar Regurgitation in Congenital Absence of the Pericardium

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