CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Rep 2022; 11(01): e39-e43
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1750408
Case Report: Cardiac

Two Cases of Quadricuspid Aortic Valve: Aortic Regurgitation and Degeneration

Jan Michael Federspiel
1   Institute for Legal Medicine, Saarland University Faculty of Medicine, Campus Homburg, Building 49.1, Kirrberger Straße, 66421 Homburg, Saarland, Germany
,
Thomas Tschernig
2   Institute for Anatomy and Cell biology, Saarland University Faculty of Medicne, Campus Homburg, Building 61, Kirrberger Straße, 66421 Homburg, Saarland, Germany
,
Matthias Werner Laschke
3   Institute for Clinical and Experimental Surgery, Saarland University Faculty of Medicine, Campus Homburg, Building 65, Kirrberger Straße, 66421 Homburg, Saarland, Germany
,
Hans-Joachim Schäfers
4   Department for Thoracic- and Cardio-Vascular Surgery, Saarland University Medical Center, Building 57, Kirrberger Straße, 66421 Homburg, Saarland, Germany
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Funding None.

Abstract

Background Quadricuspid aortic valve is rare and occasionally associated with aortic regurgitation and ascending aortic dilatation. Recent studies suggest an association of aortic regurgitation with ascending aortic medial degeneration.

Case Description Histologic evaluation of ascending aortic tissue of two individuals with regurgitant quadricuspid aortic valve, one dilated, one non-dilated, yielded comparable degeneration in the Media.

Conclusion Regurgitation of quadricuspid aortic valve may lead to the degeneration of Tunica media of the ascending aorta.

Data Availability Statement

The data underlying this manuscript are available in the article itself.




Publication History

Received: 23 December 2021

Accepted: 07 March 2022

Article published online:
19 July 2022

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