For years, almost all valvular heart disease has been ascribed to chronic rheumatic heart disease. As a result, excised heart valves are frequently the most neglected specimens in the surgical pathology laboratory. Failure to pay appropriate attention to resected valves can be a disservice to the patient. Careful examination of heart valves not only will help in the clinical management of these patients, but may also help in the development of improved prosthetic heart valves.
KeywordsHeart Valve Papillary Muscle Valve Leaflet Rheumatic Heart Disease Prosthetic Heart Valve
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