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Is there a difference between mitral valve prolapse and mitral regurgitation?
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Clinical Lipidology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
One can have either without the other. Prolapsed mitral valve leaflets could leak.
Leaking mitral valves could be prolapse. However, one can have prolapse and no regurgitation or regurgitation and no prolapse.

In brief: Yes
One can have either without the other. Prolapsed mitral valve leaflets could leak.
Leaking mitral valves could be prolapse. However, one can have prolapse and no regurgitation or regurgitation and no prolapse.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Mitral valve prolapse used to be a fashion diagnosis and is still overdiagnosed. Regurgitation can be serious but should only be diagnosed with controlled blood pressure. High blood pressure may overestimate regurgitation.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Some patients have been operated on for regurgitation and high blood pressure. That would be wrong!
Dr. Robert Binford
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Yes
Mitral valve prop lapse is a description of how the valves close.
If one or both of the leaflets bow up into the left atrium that is prolapse. Not all prolapsing valves leak. Mitral regurge is when the blood leaks backwards into the left atrium. Some people with prolapse have leaking valves. But also not all leaking valves have prolapse. So they can be related but are not the same thing.

In brief: Yes
Mitral valve prop lapse is a description of how the valves close.
If one or both of the leaflets bow up into the left atrium that is prolapse. Not all prolapsing valves leak. Mitral regurge is when the blood leaks backwards into the left atrium. Some people with prolapse have leaking valves. But also not all leaking valves have prolapse. So they can be related but are not the same thing.
Dr. Robert Binford
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