Ventricular septal defect

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Cardiomegaly with prominence of the main pulmonary trunk. Dilated central pulmonary arteries with peripheral pruning. Paediatric type sternotomy wires with the most inferior one fractured.

Case Discussion

This patient has a history of a ventricular septal defect, which when untreated can result in pulmonary arterial hypertension and cardiomegaly. Given the patient's symptoms, consideration can be given to Eisenmenger syndrome, where there is reversal of the left-to-right shunt and cyanosis develops (but this is not proven in this patient). 

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Case information

rID: 44978
Published: 10th May 2016
Last edited: 28th Jun 2016
System: Cardiac, Chest
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