Atrial Septal Defects and Sinus Venosus Defects

  • Jonathan Kochav
Part of the In Clinical Practice book series (ICP)


Atrial septal defects are quite common with an incidence of about 1 per 400–800 live births, accounting for around 13% of all congenital heart disease. As a whole, these lesions occur in nearly equal proportion in males and females though differences are seen among subtypes. This chapter discusses the various types of atrial septal defects, the physiology and presentations associated with different sized shunts, the essentials of diagnosis, and the indications for shunt closure in adults.


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  • Jonathan Kochav
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  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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