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Cardiology

Atrial septal defect

2014

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Diversion Of The Inferior Vena Cava Following Repair Of Atrial Septal Defect Causing Hypoxemia, Ellen A. Thompson, Silvestre Cansino, Dennis Moritz, Romaine Perdue Perdue Apr 2014

Diversion Of The Inferior Vena Cava Following Repair Of Atrial Septal Defect Causing Hypoxemia, Ellen A. Thompson, Silvestre Cansino, Dennis Moritz, Romaine Perdue Perdue

Silvestre P. Cansino

Atrial septal defects (ASDs) are a common congenital abnormality, and operative repair is a routine, safe procedure. Diversion of the inferior vena cava (IVC) into the left atrium is an unusual complication following ASD closure. We report a case that illustrates the problem created by this right-to-left shunt. A middle-aged woman underwent ASD repair. She developed hypoxemia postoperatively. A transthoracic echocardiogram confirmed a right-to-left shunt, found only with agitated saline injected into the femoral vein, not into the basilic vein. Surgical reexploration revealed a residual ASD diverting IVC flow into the left atrium, which was repaired with a pericardial patch. …


Diversion Of The Inferior Vena Cava Following Repair Of Atrial Septal Defect Causing Hypoxemia, Ellen A. Thompson, Silvestre Cansino, Dennis Moritz, Romaine Perdue Perdue Apr 2014

Diversion Of The Inferior Vena Cava Following Repair Of Atrial Septal Defect Causing Hypoxemia, Ellen A. Thompson, Silvestre Cansino, Dennis Moritz, Romaine Perdue Perdue

Ellen A. Thompson

Atrial septal defects (ASDs) are a common congenital abnormality, and operative repair is a routine, safe procedure. Diversion of the inferior vena cava (IVC) into the left atrium is an unusual complication following ASD closure. We report a case that illustrates the problem created by this right-to-left shunt. A middle-aged woman underwent ASD repair. She developed hypoxemia postoperatively. A transthoracic echocardiogram confirmed a right-to-left shunt, found only with agitated saline injected into the femoral vein, not into the basilic vein. Surgical reexploration revealed a residual ASD diverting IVC flow into the left atrium, which was repaired with a pericardial patch. …