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You are here: Contents > 2012 > Volume 21 Number 3 May 2012 > TRICUSPID VALVE DISEASE > Editorial: How are the Leaflets of the Tricuspid Valve Anchored at the Right Atrioventricular Junction?

Editorial: How are the Leaflets of the Tricuspid Valve Anchored at the Right Atrioventricular Junction?

Robert H. Anderson

Institute of Medical Genetics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Messer and colleagues (1) are surely stating a truism when, in this issue of The Journal of Heart Valve Disease, they suggest that a thorough knowledge of the right atrioventricular junction is important in order to investigate the pathologic mechanisms behind functional and organic tricuspid valve regurgitation. They are on less firm ground, however, when they also state that, “On reviewing the published literature, no studies could be identified which specifically investigated the gross morphological and histologic structures of the tricuspid annulus”. Their comment depends entirely on what they understand by the ‘published literature’. If they consider only works published in peer-reviewed journals, then there is substance to their suggestion.

However, in this day and age when editors of journals, and those reviewing on behalf of such editors, tend to look askance at attempts at multiple publication, material appearing in textbooks is rightly considered as representing ‘published literature’, the more so if the concepts expressed are supported by unequivocal illustrative material, and with details given of the specimens studied. Thus, it is questionable whether “Standard textbooks of anatomy describe the tricuspid annulus as a partly fibrous structure”.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2012;21:366-367

Editorial: How are the Leaflets of the Tricuspid Valve Anchored at the Right Atrioventricular Junction?

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