Mitral valve anatomy

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The mitral valve is located between the left atrium and the left ventricle. The mitral apparatus is composed from:

-anterior and posterior leaflets


-chordae tendinae

-papillary muscles

The integrity of the whole mitral apparatus is important, mitral valve dysfunction will occur if any component is impaired. 

Mitral leaflets:

The anterior leaflet is the closest from the aorta. The posterior leaflet is in continuity with the postero-lateral LV wall. The anterior and posterior leaflets are connecting at the antero-lateral and the postero-medial commissures.

Each leaflet is separated in 3 scallops, named 1 (lateral), 2 (middle) and 3 (medial).

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Chordae and papillary muscles:

There are 2 papillary muscles:

-the anterolateral papillary muscle originates from the anterolateral LV wall and provides chordae to the antero-lateral half of anterior and posterior mitral leaflets

-the posteromedial papillary muscle originates from the posterior LV wall and provides chordae to the postero-medial half of both leaflets.
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The papillary muscles originate from the posterior and the lateral wall. Their function depends directly upon the integrity of the LV walls. LV remodeling, secondary to ischemic or non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, leads to papillary muscle dysfunction and mitral regurgitation.

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