What Are The Causes And Risk Factors Of Tricuspid Valve Regurgitation?
An individual who undergoes an endomyocardial biopsy is at an increased risk of having tricuspid valve regurgitation. An endomyocardial biopsy is a rather invasive procedure used as a diagnostic tool in individuals with some cardiovascular diseases or to collect small samples of heart muscle tissue for analyzation. It is most often performed in patients who need monitoring for organ rejection after undergoing a heart transplant. The complication of tricuspid valve regurgitation is relatively common in individuals who have undergone this procedure.
This complication can be explained by the inability of visual assistance tools like fluoroscopic guidance and two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography to provide the operating surgeon with a sufficient visualization of the tricuspid valve chordae and tendineae attachments. This complication even occurs in individuals who are operated on by highly experienced and specialized surgeons, because contact with the tricuspid valve apparatus during this procedure is nearly impossible.