Anomalies of the left atrium and mitral valve. Cords, flaps, and duplication of valve

Brooks Sayre Edwards, W. D. Edwards, F. F. Bambara, J. van der Bel-Kahn, K. E. Bove

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We studied seven hearts with abnormalities of the atrial septum or the mitral valve. Three had abnormalities of the atrial septum, characterized by a flap or a diaphragm within the left atrium. Another three cases had abnormal cords extending from the atrial septum to the anterior or the posterior mitral leaflets. A seventh case had a duplicated mitral valve. Grossly, the specific conditions among these seven hearts appeared very different; however, we believe that the origin of each anomaly can be explained by one of three developmental aberrations or a combination hereof. Although only one case was associated with severe cardiac disease, such structures may be seen during cardiac imaging or operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-33
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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