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Rupture of tricuspid valve is unusual, occurring mainly in the setting of blunt trauma or endomyocardial biopsy. Spontaneous tricuspid valve chordal rupture is particularly rare. We report herein a case of a patient with severe pulmonary hypertension, on the lung transplantation waiting list, who presented with spontaneous chordal rupture, exacerbation of tricuspid insufficiency and worsening of clinical status. Diagnosis and treatment, along with possible mechanisms for this complication, are discussed.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/echo.13130

Type

Journal article

Journal

Echocardiography

Publication Date

03/2016

Volume

33

Pages

472 - 475

Keywords

chordal rupture, echocardiography, pulmonary hypertension, tricuspid valve, Adult, Diagnosis, Differential, Echocardiography, Familial Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, Fatal Outcome, Female, Humans, Rupture, Rupture, Spontaneous, Treatment Outcome, Tricuspid Valve, Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency