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Archives of cardiovascular diseases
Volume 104, n° 5
pages 361-362 (mai 2011)
Doi : 10.1016/j.acvd.2010.09.007
Received : 31 July 2010 ;  accepted : 6 September 2010
Double-orifice mitral valve assessed by two- and three-dimensional echocardiography in a newborn
Évaluation d’un double orifice mitral chez un nouveau-né par échocardiographie 2D et 3D

Pierre-Emmanuel Séguéla , Yves Dulac, Phillipe Acar
Pediatric Cardiology Unit, Children’s Hospital, Toulouse University Hospital, 330, avenue de Grande-Bretagne, TSA 70034, 31059 Toulouse cedex 09, France 

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Keywords : Mitral valve, Double-orifice mitral valve, Congenital heart disease, Echocardiography, Three dimensional echocardiography

Mots clés : Valve mitrale, Double-orifice mitral, Cardiopathie congénitale, Echocardiographie, Echocardiographie tridimensionnelle

A full-term female newborn with prenatal diagnosis of ventricular asymmetry was referred to our department for postnatal echocardiographic evaluation. Two-dimensional echocardiography revealed a coarctation of the aorta (Figure 1A), a bicuspid aortic valve (Figure 1B) and a double-orifice mitral valve (DOMV) (Figure 2A, Appendix A). Three-dimensional echocardiography showed two distinct orifices of unequal size divided by a complete fibrous bridge (Figure 2B). The smaller orifice was situated laterally (Figure 2A and B). There was no mitral stenosis or insufficiency. The mitral annulus was of normal size and two papillary muscles were clearly distinguished. Surgical repair of the mitral valve was not performed. The coarctation of the aorta was treated surgically at day 7 with the conventional technique of resection and end-to-end anastomosis (Crafoord’s operation). The postoperative course was uneventful.

Figure 1

Figure 1. 

Two-dimensional echocardiographic views showing: (A) the coarctation of the aorta; (B) the bicuspid aortic valve in diastole. Ao: aorta; LA: left atrium; RA: right atrium; RV: right ventricle.


Figure 2

Figure 2. 

Double-orifice mitral valve seen: (A) on a two-dimensional parasternal short-axis view; (B) on a three-dimensional echocardiographic view. The mitral valve is completely divided into two orifices by an accessory bridge of fibrous tissue. The lateral orifice is smaller than the medial orifice. LO: lateral orifice; MO: medial orifice.


DOMV is a rare congenital anomaly, usually found in association with another congenital cardiac anomaly, such as atrioventricular septal defect (52%) or obstructive left-sided lesions (41%), but may also be isolated. A complete or partial fibrous bridge, defining the ‘bridge type‘, separates the mitral orifice into two orifices, which are usually of unequal size ; the medial orifice is usually larger. The ‘hole type’ is characterized by a secondary orifice in the lateral commissure of the mitral valve. Mitral stenosis and/or regurgitation occur in 60% of cases. The clinical presentation closely depends on the associated lesions. Mitral valve reconstruction is required only when mitral stenosis or insufficiency is significant. In such cases, a detailed anatomical description is necessary to guide the surgeon and can be assessed by two- and three-dimensional echocardiography.

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