Caseous Calcification of the Mitral Valve Annulus Simulating an Intramyocardial Mass at Autopsy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Hala Rizkalla
Department of Pathology
St. James’s Hospital
James's Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
E-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Received Date: January 01, 2016; Accepted Date: April 29, 2016; Published Date: May 09, 2016
Citation: Rizkalla H, O’Briain S, Sheppard M (2016) Caseous Calcification of the Mitral Valve Annulus Simulating an Intramyocardial Mass at Autopsy. J Cytol Histol 7:406. doi:10.4172/2157-7099.1000406
Copyright: © 2016 Rizkalla H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Mitral annular calcification is an asymptomatic chronic degenerative process of the mitral valve, which can occur in the elderly population, associated with atherosclerosis. When it is extensive it is termed caseous calcification of the mitral valve annulus. We illustrate the pathology of this entity in the heart in an 80-year-old man, in whom it presented as a large intramyocardial cystic mass found at autopsy.