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A woman wrote to a doctor about her 35 year old son who died from cardiac arrhythmia cause by undiagnosed mitral valve prolapse because he had written an article stating that the condition was not fatal. The doctor replied that the condition is generally asymptomatic but may be associated with a heart murmur or some heart palpitations. He claims that mitral valve prolapse is predominant in women and diagnosis is through a cardiac ultrasound. No treatment is needed except those about to have dental work done. The doctor suggests that the reason for the man's death may have been misdiagnosed and his cardiac arrhythmia may have been caused by ventricular tachycardia or other abnormalities.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Monterey Herald
About: Reason for man's death misdiagnosed
Date: 14 January 2005
Source: Monterey Herald
Author: Peter H. Gott
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