Eisenmenger syndrome

Case contributed by Dr J Yeung


Atrial septal defect and shortness of breath

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

Case Discussion

Left to right shunts such as atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus, cause increased pulmonary blood flow. With time, high pulmonary vascular resistance will develop, ultimately causing right to left shunt.

Chest xray shows dilation of central pulmonary arteries and pruning of peripheral pulmonary arteries, right ventricular and atrial enlargement. Left heart would return to normal size.

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Case information

rID: 13540
Published: 21st Apr 2011
Last edited: 3rd Feb 2020
System: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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