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AORTIC INCOMPETENCE

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See also REGURGITATION. This is the back flow of blood through the AORTIC VALVE of the HEART into the left ventricle, caused by an incompetent valve. The failure to close may be caused by a congenital defect or by damage from disease. The defect may be cured by surgical replacement of the damaged valve with an artificial valve. (See HEART, DISEASES OF.)

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