Anatomical study of the human tricuspid valve

Surg Radiol Anat. 1990;12(1):37-41. doi: 10.1007/BF02094123.


An anatomical study of the tricuspid valve was carried out in 50 human hearts of both female and male individuals using a method of dissection which preserves the integrity of the valve. Morphometric criteria such as area of cusp, width of cusp base, relation between commissure depth and cusp depth and morphological criteria such as the presence of atrioventricular cusp node, number of tendinous cords, perimeter of fibrous ring, and properties of papillary m. were adopted for characterization of a cusp. In 64% of cases, commissural cusps were present independent of the number of tricuspid cusps. The tricuspid valve was not consistently tricuspid, but was observed to present 2, 4, 5 or 6 cusps in 72% of cases.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Tricuspid Valve / anatomy & histology*