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Quadricuspid Aortic Valve by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Khan, Shamruz Khan Akerem MRCP*; Tamin, Syahidah Syed MRCP; Araoz, Philip A. MD*

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: September-October 2011 - Volume 35 - Issue 5 - p 637-641
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e318224a129
Cardiovascular Imaging

Quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is a rare congenital cardiac entity. The recognition of QAV has clinical significance as it causes aortic valve dysfunction, commonly aortic regurgitation, and is often associated with other congenital cardiac abnormalities. We showed the important role played by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in detecting QAV and review the available literature to explain its incidence, diagnosis, classifications, embryology, correlation between morphology of the QAV and its function, associated conditions, and management.

From the Departments of *Radiology and †Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Received for publication May 9, 2011; accepted May 16, 2011.

Reprints: Shamruz Khan Akerem Khan, MRCP, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (e-mail:

There are no sources of support for this study.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.