Third, although Mogulkoc et al1 did not mention
mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in their article, there is a high incidence
of MVP in patients with BD, occurring in 50% of cases.4–5
The association of MVP and BD was first reported in
China.5–6 Shen et al,5 from Shanghai, China,
postulated that MVP may have been the result of structural damage and
functional derangement caused by the underlying vasculitis of BD.
Whereas the association of MVP and BD may be either causally related or
coincidental, it is important to keep in mind that, although BD is
relatively rare in the United States, MVP is very common.