The primary abnormality in Ebstein’s Anomaly is of the tricuspid valve, the valve which lies between the right atrium and right ventricle. While there is free flow of blood forward across the tricuspid valve to the right ventricle, the deformed tricuspid valve allows a large amount of blood to flow backwards from the right ventricle to right atrium when the right ventricle contracts.

The treatment of this disorder depends on whether or not the person with it has any symptoms. Surgery is sometimes required early in life. On the other hand, people may have a normal life expectancy.


Irregular and fast heartbeats (arrhythmias) frequently accompany this condition.
ęCOPY;1997 HeartPoint  Updated November 1997


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