Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Dec 14, 2020
  • Author: Arnold S Baas, MD, FACC, FACP; Chief Editor: Yasmine S Ali, MD, MSCI, FACC, FACP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Clinicians should keep in mind sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) rupture in young patients (especially those with minimal cardiac risk factors) who have signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia, heart failure, or cardiac conduction defects. Definitive treatment is available, yet the prognosis is poor if rapid diagnosis cannot be made.

Other conditions to consider include chest pain and arrhythmia/syncope. In addition, SVA may mimic myocardial infarction or present with cerebrovascular embolism. [15, 16]


Differential Diagnoses