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Transcatheter Closure of Traumatic Ventricular Septal Defect*: An Alternative to Surgery

David Pesenti-Rossi; François Godart; Arnaud Dubar; Christian Rey
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*From the Departments of Pediatric Cardiology (Drs. Pesenti-Rossi, Godart, and Rey) and Cardiac and Vascular Surgery (Dr. Dubar), Cardiac Hospital, University of Lille, Lille, France.

Correspondence to: François Godart, MD, PhD, Service des Maladies Cardiovasculaires Infantiles et Congénitales, Hôpital Cardiologique, Bvd du Pr J. Leclercq, 59037, Lille cedex, France; e-mail: f-godart@chru-lille.fr



Chest. 2003;123(6):2144-2145. doi:10.1378/chest.123.6.2144
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The incidence of ventricular septal defect (VSD) occurs in up to 4.5% of penetrating cardiac trauma. We report a patient with persistent VSD who underwent surgical repair with significant left-to-right shunt and signs of heart failure. We performed a successful transcatheter closure of the VSD with an Amplatzer septal occluder (AGA Medical Corporation; Golden Valley, MN).

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