Management of a parturient with an uncorrected atrioventricular canal defect

R. J. Goldsmith, J. L. Henderson, J. D. Reynolds, D. H. Penning

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A 24-year-old woman at 37 weeks gestation, with an uncorrected atrioventricular canal defect and incipient congestive heart failure is presented. This rare defect is part of the larger group of endocardial cushion defects. The peripartum anesthetic management of this condition has not been described. Our patient had a large atrial septal defect, a common regurgitant atrioventricular valve, a large left-to-right shunt and a small ventricular septal defect. Her pregnancy was maintained until she developed symptoms of congestive heart failure. We discuss her peripartum management, monitoring and anesthetic choices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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