Rheumatic Valvular Disease

  • Elliot Chesler

Abstract

The mitral valve apparatus is composed of the anterior and posterior leaflets attached by chordae tendinae to their respective papillary muscles. The anterior leaflet is triangular and has a fibrous attachment to the aortic root; the posterior leaflet is quadrangular and is attached to two-thirds of the annulus fibrosis. The two leaflets are joined by commissural tissue. Whereas the anterior leaflet is mobile, the posterior is restricted in its movement and acts as a buttress so that in systole both leaflets are firmly apposed along their margins.

Keywords

Fatigue Anemia Cardiomyopathy Perforation Endocarditis 

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elliot Chesler
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  1. 1.Veterans Administration Medical CenterUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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