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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 6

Congenital heart disease - B: Surgical management of the atrial septal defects

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Roxane McKay
Department of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad Medical Corporation, P.O. Box 3050, Doha; Consultant Congenital Heart Surgeon, Hamad Medical Corporation Doha
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The first cardiac malformation to benefit from open-heart surgery was atrial septal defect. It is of particular interest, both as a reflection of past achievements in congenital heart surgery and as an example of present refinements in surgical management. This article reviews the surgical anatomy of atrial septal defects, the indications for closure, surgical techniques and results as well as the impact of closure on survival, functional status and quality of life.

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