The ampatzer septal occluder as a standard for therapy of secudum-type atrial septal defect.

William D. Hales, Satinder K Sandhu, Edmund Kenneth Kerut

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Atrial septal defect (ASD) accounts for 5-10% of congenital heart malformations. An uncorrected ASD may lead to congestive heart failure, severe pulmonary hypertension, or paradoxical arterial embolism with stroke. Transthoracic echocardiography is often diagnostic in the pediatric population, but transesophageal echocardiography may be required in adults. Closure of an ASD traditionally has been performed surgically, but the most common type (secundum ASD) can now be closed with a percutaneously deployed device. We briefly describe the types of ASDs and their diagnosis. Results of percutaneous closure in 74 children and adults are then presented.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


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