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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2013;30(2):112-115.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 2013.
Asymptomatic Isolate Tricuspid Regurgitation with Chordae Tendineae Rupture Caused by Blunt Chest Injury.
Min Hee Kim, Hyun Jae Kang, Byung Chun Jung, Bong Ryeol Lee, Ho Jin Jung, Jun Young Lee, Soo Hyun Bae, Dong Woo Shin
Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Fatima Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
The incidence and importance of tricuspid valve regurgitation after a blunt chest injury has risen with the increase in the number of automobile accidents and steering wheel traumas. This kind of injury has been reported more frequently in the last decade because of the better diagnostic procedures and understanding of the pathology. However, tricuspid valve regurgitation following a blunt chest injury can still be easily missed because most patients do not show symptoms at the time of the trauma. A 55-year-old male patient presented himself at our facility after suffering a chest injury from an automobile accident. His transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed severe tricuspid valve regurgitation due to the prolapse of his anterior valve leaflet. We report a case of asymptomatic tricuspid regurgitation that developed after a blunt chest injury.
Key Words: Tricuspid regurgitation, Blunt injury, Transthoracic echocardiography, Chordae tendineae
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