An echocardiographic survey of primary school children for bicuspid aortic valve

Am J Cardiol. 2004 Mar 1;93(5):661-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2003.11.031.


Primary school students (817 apparently healthy 10-year olds) were screened by transthoracic 2-dimensional echocardiography to assess for the prevalence of bicuspid aortic valve. Bicuspid aortic valve was found in 0.5% of cases, with a higher prevalence in males than females (0.75% vs 0.24%), and was significantly associated with aortic root enlargement compared with children who had tricuspid aortic valves.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Valve / abnormalities*
  • Aortic Valve / diagnostic imaging*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data
  • Ultrasonography