Mitral annulus calcification with a mobile component as a possible source of embolism

R. Shohat-Zabarski, R. Paz, Y. Adler, M. Vaturi, R. Jortner, A. Sagie*

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Abstract

Mitral annulus calcification has been associated with embolic events, but the precise pathophysiology has not been elucidated. The authors describe four patients who experienced embolic events whose transesophageal echocardiograms showed a mitral annulus calcification, with a mobile component that exhibited the same echogenicity as the calcification. Three patients had no other conditions known to be associated with embolism. On follow-up transesophageal echocardiography, the mobile component of the mitral annulus calcification had disappeared in three patients. These findings support the hypothesis that mitral annulus calcification not only is associated with but also is possibly a direct cause of embolic events in some patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-198
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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