Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2011; 59(8): 497-499
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1250723
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Isolated Latent Tricuspid Regurgitation Caused by Blunt Trauma

N. Furukawa1 , K. Hakim-Meibodi1 , J. Gummert1
  • 1Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
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Publication History

received November 1, 2010 resubmitted November 22, 2010

accepted November 23, 2010

Publication Date:
25 March 2011 (online)


Isolated tricuspid regurgitation with rupture of the chordae tendinae caused by blunt trauma is uncommon. We present a 20-year-old man who was asymptomatic for four months after a traffic accident, but then developed severe tricuspid regurgitation, caused by rupture of the chordae tendinae. We performed minimally invasive tricuspid valve repair with chordal reconstruction and annuloplasty. We discuss the optimal treatment of traumatic valve insufficiency in a young patient and review the literature.


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