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Case report
Malignant mitral valve prolapse: an uncommon variation of a common condition
  1. Thomas Joyce1 and
  2. Sunita Ferns2
  1. 1School of Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sunita Ferns; sjulianaferns{at}


Mitral valve prolapse affects up to 3% of the population, with an annual risk of death of up to 2% a year. Presentation is often in the third to fourth decade of life. This report details an adolescent with mitral valve prolapse with non-specific symptoms but investigative findings of ventricular ectopy at higher heart rates. These patients warrant close surveillance to monitor for progressive arrhythmias and may progress to need an ICD.

  • general practice / family medicine
  • pacing and electrophysiology

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  • Contributors TJ contributed to the acquisition of patient information, drafting of the work and final approval of the version to be published. SF contributed to the conception and design of the work, analysis of reports and critically revising the content, and approved of the version to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.