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Journal of Structural Heart Disease, August 2016, Volume 2, Issue 4:98-101
DOI: 10.12945/j.jshd.2016.007.15

Perventricular and Percutaneous Closure of Traumatic Ventricular Septal Defects Following Blunt Chest Trauma

Karim A. Diab, MD, FACC1*, Kamel Shibbani, MD2, John Nigro, MD3, Stephen Pophal, MD3, Ernerio T. Alboliras, MD, FACC4

1 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2 Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
3 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
4 Department of Pediatric Cardiology, Banner Children’s Hospital, Mesa, Arizona, USA


Traumatic ventricular septal defects (VSDs) are very rare and can result from either penetrating or  bluntchest trauma. They can lead to significant hemodynamic changes and heart failure and can be challenging to manage. We present two patients with muscular VSDs resulting from nonpenetrating trauma to the chest in whom Amplatzer Muscular VSD Occluders were successfully used for defect closure via percutaneous and periventricular approaches.


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Cite this article as: Diab K, Shibbani K, Nigro J, Pophal S, Alboliras E. Perventricular and Percutaneous Closure of Traumatic Ventricular Septal Defects Following Blunt Chest Trauma. Structural Heart Disease 2016;2(4):98-101. DOI: 10.12945/j.jshd.2016.007.15

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