Creation of an atrial septal defect in utero for fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact or highly restrictive atrial septum.

@article{Marshall2004CreationOA,
  title={Creation of an atrial septal defect in utero for fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact or highly restrictive atrial septum.},
  author={Audrey Chung Marshall and Mary E. Van Der Velde and Wayne Tworetzky and Carlen A Gomez and Louise E Wilkins-Haug and Carol B. Benson and Russell Jennings and James E Lock},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2004},
  volume={110 3},
  pages={253-8}
}
BACKGROUND Infants born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and an intact or highly restrictive atrial septum face a neonatal mortality of at least 48% despite early postnatal left atrial decompression and palliative surgery. Prenatal left atrial decompression has been suggested as a means of improving these outcomes. This study reports the feasibility of fetal catheterization to create an interatrial communication and describes technical considerations. METHODS AND RESULTS Seven fetuses at… CONTINUE READING