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Ann Thorac Surg. 1991 Apr;51(4):655-7.

Percutaneous transaortic closure of postinfarctional ventricular septal rupture.

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Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Tokyo Womens' Medical College.


We report a case of successful closure of a postinfarctional ventricular septal defect by means of the transaortic approach with a balloon catheter. This method brought about substantial improvement in cardiopulmonary function before an elective operation and made it possible to successfully perform the operation on the patient, an 81-year-old woman, on the 22nd day of admission.

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