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Title: Failure of medicine: evolution of an atrial septal defect to an Eisenmenger syndrome
Authors: Budts, Werner ×
Van Cleemput, Johan
Van de Werf, Frans #
Issue Date: Aug-2000
Series Title: Acta Cardiologica vol:55 issue:4 pages:265-7
Abstract: The atrial septal defect (ASD) is the most commonly diagnosed congenital defect in adults and has a prevalence of 7.5% of all congenital cardiac anomalies. Less invasive imaging techniques, especially transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography, provide more accurate diagnostics, resulting in earlier diagnosis and treatment. Despite these opportunities in high-tech countries, medicine may still fail in detecting initially correctable cardiac anomalies. We present a case of 41-year-old woman with an abnormal murmur at childhood that disappeared with time due to the development of an Eisenmenger syndrome. The importance of a complete haemodynamic evaluation in this patient is illustrated.
ISSN: 0001-5385
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Cardiology
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