Flail aortic valve and acute aortic regurgitation due to spontaneous localized intimal tear of ascending aorta.
Jong-Won Ha ; Byung-Chul Chang ; Seung-Yun Cho ; Namsik Chung ; Se-Joong Rim ; Kook-Jin Chun ; Dong-Il Lee
Echocardiography, Vol.18(5) : 381~383, 2001
This report describes the transesophageal echocardiographic findings of acute severe aortic regurgitation resulting from localized transverse intimal tear of ascending thoracic aorta which could not be suspected as a cause of flail aortic valve preoperatively. In patients with chest pain and acute aortic regurgitation associated with flail aortic valve, localized intimal tear of aorta should be considered as a possible cause of flail aortic valve.