ThiS specimen shows the aortic, tricuspid and mitral valves. The mitral cusps are thickened and
deformed and the chordae are thickened and shortened.
This woman died at the age of 40 suddenly and unexpectedly. Autopsy revealed viral
myocarditis. She had had rheumatic fever as a child and suffered constant colds, but no symptoms
were referable to the lesion seen here.