Early Closure of the Tricuspid Valve in a Case of Ebstein's Anomaly with Type B Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

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SUMMARYEchocardiographic studies of a 19-year-old female with Ebstein's anomaly and type B Wolff- Parkinson-White syndrome showed an earlier closure of the anterior tricuspid leaflet (ATL) than of the anterior mitral leaflet (AML), contrary to the previous reports. The interval between the closure of the ATL and the AML was 20 msec and 30 msec, respectively, before and after administation of edrophonium chloride. However, closure of the AML preceded that of the ATL after administration of atropine sulfate and during supraventricular tachycardia by 10 msec and 60 msec, respectively, concomitant with the shortening of the duration of the QRS complex. We conclude that early closure of the ATL may depend on preexcitation of the right ventricle.

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