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Surgical repair of atrial septal defect with severe pulmonary hypertension during pregnancy: a case report with literature review

  • Suganya Manivannan (a1), Gul Dadlani (a2), Michael Parsons (a3), Luminita Crisan (a3), Victoria Belogolovkin (a3), Narendra Sastry (a4) and Maya Guglin (a5)...

We are reporting a case of a 37-year-old pregnant woman with a large secundum atrial septal defect with left-to-right shunt and severe pulmonary hypertension. Her atrial septal defect was undiagnosed before this pregnancy. After carefully considering all the options, we repaired her atrial septal defect with an open heart surgical closure at 20 weeks of gestation. A substantial and consistent reduction in pulmonary arterial pressure after the surgery and subsequent uneventful delivery indicate that surgical repair of atrial septal defects is a viable option that should be considered for such patients.

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Correspondence to: Dr Maya Guglin, MD, PhD, FACC, Director, Heart Failure, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of South Florida, 2 Tampa General Circle Suite 5074, Tampa, Florida 33606, United States of America. Tel: +1 248 346 3507; Fax +1 813 259 0665; E-mail:
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