PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Severe tricuspid regurgitation is associated with both significant symptoms as well as decreased survival. Surgical correction is possible in most cases but is markedly under used in this population. The purpose of this manuscript is to review the indications for treating severe tricuspid regurgitation and the surgical options available. RECENT FINDINGS: Surgical correction of isolated severe tricuspid regurgitation has been associated with a high mortality in the surgical literature. This occurs generally from right heart failure associated with the late referral of isolated tricuspid regurgitation for correction. Recent outcomes are improving and tricuspid repair appears to be where mitral valve repair was 30 years ago. SUMMARY: Severe tricuspid regurgitation is associated with severe symptoms as well as decreased survival. Tricuspid valve repair (TVr) for severe regurgitation is almost always technically possible. The high mortality thought to be associated with isolated TVr is likely due to late referral when right heart failure is already far advanced. Consideration for earlier referral for isolated severe tricuspid regurgitation should be considered.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine