The prevalence of mitral valve prolapse in patients with Down's syndrome: Implications for dental management

Michael L. Barnett, Debra Friedman, Theodore Kastner

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Abstract

Eighty-three noninstitutionalized patients with Down's syndrome, aged 9 to 55 years, were randomly selected to receive echocardiograms. Forty-one patients had echocardiographic findings indicative of mitral valve prolapse, and 15 of these patients lacked associated auscultatory findings. Because mitral valve prolapse can predispose patients to bacterial endocarditis after bacteremia-producing dental procedures, these findings suggest that if auscultatory findings alone are used, a significant number of patients with Down's syndrome who are at risk for endocarditis may not be currently identified in the course of routine clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-447
Number of pages3
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry(all)

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