Bicuspid valve regurgitation

My mother had a pacemaker put in a few years back. She now has bicuspid valve regurgitation due to the pacemaker lead accidentally put into the bicuspid valve. Has this happened to anyone else?  And what did you do about it?  Thanks


4 Comments

Bicuspid?

by AgentX86 - 2021-05-19 22:15:01

Do you mean the "tricuspid" valve?  It's between the right atrium and the right ventricle.  Any RV (the second lead of a PM) goes through the tricuspid valve.  Probably 90% of us have a lead going through the tricuspid valve (I have two).  The tricuspid has a little regurgitatoin because of the leads but it's also possible that they damaged the valve when fishing the lead through it.  What they can/will do about it depends on how bad it is.

BTW, the bicuspid valve (also known as the "mitral" valve goes between the left atrium and left ventricle.  Leads don't go into either chamber.  Can't get there from here.

Tricuspid regurgitation

by Hatz - 2021-05-19 22:59:27

Yes. It is the tricuspid. Sorry. If this is normal when you have a pacemaker why are they saying it needs to come out? That it shouldn't be there. 

Leads through the tricuspid

by AgentX86 - 2021-05-19 23:55:02

That's the only way to get the lead into the RV.  It may be improperly implanted such that it's hung up on the valve or has damaged it but all RV leads (and LV, in fact) leads go through the tricuspid.  There is some misunderstanding here.  I'd ask for more information.  Make them explain exactly what's happened.  It won't change the outcome but she deserves to know what's going on.

Tricuspid regurgitation

by Hatz - 2021-05-21 01:29:30

AgentX86 yes I agree. Thank you very much.

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