Transatrial closure of postinfarction ventricular septal defect
The Department of Surgery
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
While operative approaches to postinfarction ventricular septal defect emphasize repair through the infarcted area, we present a case that illustrates the transatrial approach in an acute setting in which no discrete infarct or other abnormality of the free ventricular wall is apparent. In such a setting, transatrial repair of mid-muscular or posterior defects can avert unnecessary compromise of right ventricular function. Avoidance of a right ventriculotomy might also benefit patients with chronic defects complicated by severe lung disease or pulmonary hypertension. However, successful transatrial closure requires full visualization of the defect, avoidance of tricuspid valve damage, thorough debridement of necrotic tissue, and the taking of wide, deep sutures.
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Citation: Tex Heart Inst J. 1992;19(4):297-9.
Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital
Pezzella, A. Thomas, "Transatrial closure of postinfarction ventricular septal defect" (1992). Open Access Articles. 1668.