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Adult congenital heart disease 

Adult congenital heart disease
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Adult congenital heart disease
Author(s):

Giovanni Di Salvo

, Werner Budts

, and Owen I. Miller

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198726012.003.0061
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date: 16 October 2017

Echocardiography has a well-established role in the assessment of adults with congenital heart disease. It provides accurate anatomical and functional information and is a bedside, low-cost, and easily repeatable technique. Although some lesions may be diagnosed for the first time in adulthood or may not need a surgical repair, in most cases the typical scenario is to evaluate an adult patient with a known congenital heart disease who has already undergone one (or more) previous surgical or catheter interventions, often during childhood. This chapter provides the basic anatomical concepts for the most frequent diseases, together with a brief presentation of the most used surgical techniques and the haemodynamic patterns seen after these corrections. However, the chapter is only an overview due to the variety of congenital heart disease and the complexity of its imaging.

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