oa Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Congenital annular subvalvular left ventricular aneurysms in children of mixed ethnic origin

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



Three cases of idiopathic subannular mitral valve aneurysm are descriptionbed in children of mixed ethnic origin. Initially these defects were only descriptionbed in black patients and were thought to be genetically induced. Lately a few cases of these abnormalities were descriptionbed in white patients, making the genetic basis of this abnormality unlikely. All 3 patients presented with mitral valve incompetence and cardiac failure and it is therefore crucial that subannular aneurysms of the left ventricle be considered in the differential diagnosis in children who have mitral valve incompetence with no obvious underlying cause.

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