Tricuspidal regurgitation: new possibilities for imaging
Jenei Csaba1, Denisa Muraru2, Csanádi Zoltán1, Édes István1, Luigi P. Badano2
1Debreceni Egyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Kardiológiai Tanszék, Debrecen
2Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padua, School of Medicine, Padua, Italy
The traditional concept, that tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is less important than left-sided valvular diseases had persisted until recently, when studies identified TR as a progressive entity associated with a poor survival. As the tricuspid valve apparatus has a complex spatial structure, three-dimensional imaging may help to assess the severity and to evaluate the consequences of TR. Corrective treatment of TR is tricuspid valve surgery, however current guidelines do not provide exact recommendations either for the proper patient selection or for the optimal timing of the surgical intervention due to the lack of sufficient data from randomized controlled trials.