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I am so worried. My kids only need to see the doctor for sports physicals. Now one has mitral valve prolapse. What should I say, in terms of effects on health and well-being?

Depends. Mitral valve prolapse encompasses a spectrum of severity from insignificant (really, a normal variant) to elongation and overstretching or rupture of the leaflets and/or supporting structures with severe leakage(regurgitation). An echocardiogram is the test of choice. Ask your doctor how severe your child's mvp is. The vast majority of affected people have no symptoms and lead normal lives. Read more...
Probably no worries. In most cases no worries. Ask your kids doctor if there is any significant leakage of the valve and if so how often your kid needs to follow up. Also ask if there were any other abnormalities on the echo. Read more...

What is a lesion on the mitral valve called?

Vegetation. Most lesions on the mitral valve are referred to as vegetations. This represents a localized area of infection which constitutes the diagnosis of endocarditis. Not all lesions on the mitral valve for vegetations. Other potential lesions include marantic endocarditis (not infectious) and fibroelastoma (benign tumor). Read more...
Vegetation . There are many types of lesions affecting the mitral valve but the question suggests you are asking about a vegetation protruding from the edge of the valve leaflet typically caused by bacterial infection like bacterial endocarditis. Read more...

What is a mitral valve?

One of 4 heart valve. The mitral valve is one of the 4 heart valves found in the heart. These valves keep blood moving one direction rather than back and forth as the heart contracts. The mitral valve is so named as it looks like the pope's hat (a mitre). The mitral valve separates the left atrium and the left ventricle. Read more...
A fancy gate. This structure sits between the left atrium and left ventricle. It allows unidirectional flow from the atrium to the ventricle. Read more...