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2020 Dec

Eur Heart J Case Rep



Extrinsic tricuspid valve compression due to an aortic aneurysm causing significant right to left shunt via a patent foramen ovale: a case report.


Aortic aneurysms are known to cause compression of adjacent structures including the tracheobronchial tree, oesophagus, and recurrent laryngeal nerve. Extremely rarely, they can lead to compression of the tricuspid valve (TV) annulus. We describe a case where aortic aneurysm caused TV annulus compression and persistent right-to-left shunt through a patent foramen ovale (PFO).