Abnormalities of the mitral valve in patients with pulmonary stenosis, tetralogy of Fallot, and pulmonary hypertension with right ventricular pressure overload were studied by real time cross sectional echocardiography. Dislocation of the anterior and posterior mitral leaflets at the coaptation zone in systole was present in 16 of 46 cases: nine of 11 (82%) cases of pulmonary hypertension, four of 20 (20%) cases of tetralogy of Fallot, and three of 15 (20%) cases of pulmonary stenosis. The incidence was highest in patients with pulmonary hypertension. In eight of the 16 patients with mitral valve lesions, mitral regurgitation was seen on left ventriculograms or cross sectional Doppler echocardiograms. The dislocation was located near the posteromedial commissure of the anterior mitral leaflet in all cases. These findings are similar to the mitral valve abnormalities seen in patients with secundum atrial septal defect, and therefore may be due to a common cause. No relation could be found between the left ventricular deformity index and the incidence of dislocation of the mitral leaflets. Thus, the reason why this mitral valve abnormality occurs in conditions with right ventricular pressure overload could not be established.
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