Mitral valve prolapse in young healthy individuals. An early index of autoimmunity?

@article{Evangelopoulos2009MitralVP,
  title={Mitral valve prolapse in young healthy individuals. An early index of autoimmunity?},
  author={M. E. Evangelopoulos and Savas Toumanidis and D Sotou and C. D. Evangelopoulos and M. Mavrikakis and Maria Alevizaki and Meletios A Dimopoulos},
  journal={Lupus},
  year={2009},
  volume={18},
  pages={436 - 440}
}
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a benign valvular abnormality. However, an increased prevalence of MVP is reported in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and autoimmune thyroid disease. Our aim was to evaluate whether the presence of MVP in healthy individuals might indicate a premature index of subclinical autoimmune disorder. A total of 75 individuals with MVP and 44 individuals without MVP were identified by echocardiography. Serum samples were examined for various organ and non-organ… CONTINUE READING

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