Two-dimensional echocardiographic-assisted balloon atrial septostomy

  • James B. Seward
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 96)


Two-dimensional echocardiography can detect congenital cardiac lesions accurately and expeditiously. This noninvasive examination also can assist in the performance of catheter therapy techniques such as balloon atrial septostomy, transseptal catheterization, and blade septostomy. Confident visualization of the catheter and surrounding anatomy greatly enhances the safety of the procedure. The result can be determined more accurately by direct visualization of the atrial septal defect and the flail valve of the fossa ovalis that are produced. Use of two-dimensional echocardiography has greatly enhanced the management, safety, and appreciation of result of percutaneous catheter atrial septostomy.


Right Atrial Atrial Septum Contrast Echocardiography Atrial Septostomy Balloon Atrial Septostomy 
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