PMID: 21505579Apr 21, 2011Paper

Atrial septal defect in an elderly woman-a case report

Journal of Medicine and Life
C C Diaconu


The atrial septal defect is one of the most common congenital anomalies in adults, but it is rarely diagnosed. It is characterized by a defect in the interatrial septum that allows pulmonary venous return to pass from the left to the right atrium. A case of a 75-year-old female who presented with dyspnea, orthopnea, lower extremities swelling and palpitations is reported here. She had a 3 years history of atrial fibrillation and one-year history of cardiac failure NYHA (New York Heart Association) class Ⅱ. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a dilated right atrium of 74,2 mm, a dilated left atrium of 55,2 mm, a dilated left ventricle of 64/72,3 mm, a dilated right ventricle of 44,4 mm. Atrial septal defect ostium secundum type, with left-to-right shunt. Severe tricuspid insufficiency with a maximum gradient of 55,4 mm Hg. 4th degree mitral insufficiency. Severe pulmonary hypertension of 75 mm Hg. The ejection fraction of 29%. Atrial fibrillation. Interventricular sept with paradoxical motion. Ostium secundum defect is the most common type of atrial septal defect and accounts for 60-70% of all cases. The malformation often goes unnoticed for decades because symptoms may be absent and because physical signs are subtle. Sympto...Continue Reading

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2D Echocardiography
Persistent Ostium Primum
Congenital Abnormality
Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Septal Defects
Pulmonary Hypertension
Diseases of Mitral Valve

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