Ruptured aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva into the left ventricle: a case report and review of the literature

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 1997 Oct;10(8):862-5. doi: 10.1016/s0894-7317(97)70046-4.


This report describes a case of right coronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm which ruptured into the left ventricle. The diagnosis was made with two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography which showed an abnormal structure extending from the aortic root into the left ventricle adjacent to the interventricular septum. Subsequent examinations with transesophageal echocardiography and aortic root angiography and surgical findings confirmed the diagnosis of transthoracic echocardiography. The patient underwent aortic valve replacement. At follow-up 12 months later, the patient was without symptoms and repeated echocardiographic examinations showed no recurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aortic Rupture / complications
  • Aortic Rupture / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aortic Valve Insufficiency / complications
  • Echocardiography*
  • Echocardiography, Transesophageal
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sinus of Valsalva*