Lipomatous hamartoma of the tricuspid valve: Echocardiographic–pathologic correlations

Thomas B. Crotty, William D. Edwards, Jae K. Oh, Richard J. Rodeheffer

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We report the eighth example of a cardiac valvular hamartoma (five mitral, three tricuspid). An intracavitary right atrial mass was present in a 76‐year‐old man and was characterized echocardiographically by a mobile cystic structure involving the septal tricuspid leaflet. Microscopically, the affected leaflet was comprised predominantly of mature adipose tissue. Formation of a valvular windsock in this case was attributed to the chronic effect of right ventricular pressure on tissue that was weaker than a normal leaflet. Valvular hamartomas should be included in the differential diagnosis of lesions that produce prolapsing, cystic, or windsock malformations of atrioventricular valves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-266
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1991


  • cardiac neoplasms
  • echocardiography
  • tricuspid valve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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