Quadricuspid aortic valve: an unexpected echocardiographic finding.

Carlos Manuel Aboitiz-Rivera, Ruben Blachman-Braun, Mario Fernando Lanza, Roberto Berebichez-Fridman, María José Díaz-Huízar, Laura Graciela Ferrer-Arellano, Alejandra Andrea Ramírez-Freyre, Mario Enrique Baltazares-Lipp


Quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is an anatomic valvular variant, with a prevalence of 0.008% to 0.033% in the general population, and 1.46% in patients that undergo aortic valve replacement. The QAV can be an isolated valvular abnormality or associated  with other congenital heart defects. In this article, we present three of the few reported cases of QAV in the Hispanic population,  all of which  were asymptomatic and without evidence of hemodynamic alterations or other associated heart defects. Additionally a literature review is provided. 


Quadricuspid aortic valve; congenital heart defects; echocardiography

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11152/mu.2013.2066.182.4cv


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