[A rare ventricular septal defect: a case report].

  title={[A rare ventricular septal defect: a case report].},
  author={Maria Francesca Notarangelo and Federico Bontardelli and Umberto Taliani and Andrea Agostinelli and Luigi Vignali and Diego Ardissino},
  journal={Giornale italiano di cardiologia},
  volume={14 4},
Left ventricular-right atrial communications, known collectively as the Gerbode defect, are rare types of ventricular septal defects. Acquired forms of this defect have been described as a complication of cardiac surgery, bacterial endocarditis, chest trauma, or myocardial infarction. Diagnosis of this rare defect is challenging, but can be confirmed with echocardiography or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Until 6 years ago, these communications were corrected only surgically, often with… CONTINUE READING