Article Abstract

Successful percutaneous closure of an extremely large secundum atrial septal defect during pregnancy

Authors: Michael B. Stokes, Bo Xu, Nitesh Nerlekar, Siobhan M. Lockwood, Richard W. Harper


Atrial septal defects (ASDs) are one of the most of the most common acyanotic congenital heart lesions. Awareness of potential clinical presentations and complications during pregnancy is essential for those managing these patients. We report successful percutaneous closure of an extremely large secundum ASD, using the largest available percutaneous ASD closure device in a 27-year-old pregnant female. Large ASDs may have their initial clinical presentation and diagnosis during pregnancy. If indicated, percutaneous closure can be performed safely. Only a very small number of cases have previously reported this being performed safely during pregnancy.