Tricuspid Valve



The tricuspid valve ensures that there is no backflow from the right ventricle to the right atrium during systole. The tricuspid valve, as its Latin name suggests, consists of three leaflets: the septal (S), the anterior (A) and posterior (P) leaflets, of which the anterior leaflet is the largest. The tricuspid valve is distinguished not only by the number of valve leaflets as compared to mitral valve, but also by its method of attachment. The mitral valve chordae attach to only two papillary muscle heads where the chordae of tricuspid attach to much more muscle heads and also directly into the interventricular septum. The valve is located slightly more towards the apex as compared to the mitral valve.

Tricuspic regurgitation


Causes of TR
Functional TR Secundary TR
Disorders of the right ventricle: RV infarction, dilated cardiomyopathy Ebstein anomaly
Secondary to pulmonary hypertension, for example: cor pulmonale, pulmonary embolism, or primary. Infective Endocarditis
Mitral stenosis or mitral regurgitation Trauma
Left-right shunt, such as an atrial septal defect or a ventricular septal defect Rheumatic fever
Eisenmenger syndrome (rare) Carcinoid
Pulmonary stenosis Papillary muscle disorders
Hyperthyroidism Connective tissue diseases such as Marfan Syndrome.
Non-infectious endocarditis, such as SLE or rheumatoid arthritis
Damage from the electrode of a pacemaker or ICD


Quantification of TR
Parameter Mild Moderate Severe
RV/RA/IVC normal normal/dilated dilated
Hepatic vein flow syst. dominant syst. decrease syst. flow reversal
Vena contracta (mm) <7 >7
PISA (cm²) < 0.6 0.6 - 0.9 > 0.9
Density CW signal licht dens dens
Contour CW signal parabolic variable triangular
TR jet / RA area* (%) < 20 20 - 34 > 35
* The size of the color-doppler surface in right atrium is only a rough impression.



Tricuspid stenosis

Tricuspid valve stenosis is usually caused by rheumatic fever which mostly occurs during childhood. The rarely reported second causes of tricuspid valve stenosis include tumour obstruction, carcinoid disease and obstructed tricuspid valve prosthesis.


Quantification of TS
Parameter Mild Moderate Severe
TVA (cm²) < 1
PHT (ms) > 190
PGmean (mmHg) > 5
VTI (cm) > 60


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