Creating Atrial Septal Defects

  • Lisa Bergersen
  • Susan Foerster
  • Audrey C. Marshall
  • Jeffery Meadows


Since the first report by Rashkind and Miller of a BAS for transposition more than three decades ago, few modifications have occurred in the technique (1). This can be life-saving procedure, equally likely to occur in the middle of the night as it is during the daylight hours. The most common indication for a BAS is D-transposition of the great arteries (dTGA), although rare additional cases do occur.


Pulmonary Vein Atrial Septum Ductus Venosus Hockey Stick Needle Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Bergersen
    • 1
  • Susan Foerster
    • 2
  • Audrey C. Marshall
    • 1
  • Jeffery Meadows
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of CardiologyChildren’s Hospital BostonBostonUSA
  2. 2.Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric CardiologyUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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