Chapter

Adult congenital heart disease

Giovanni Di Salvo, Werner Budts and Owen I. Miller

in The EACVI Textbook of Echocardiography

Second edition

Published on behalf of © European Society of Cardiology

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780198726012
Published online December 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191792991 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198726012.003.0061

Series: The European Society of Cardiology Textbooks

Adult congenital heart disease

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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.

Chapter.  15709 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Radiography

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