Atrial septal defects have traditionally been repaired by surgical closure. Recently, transcatheter device closure has increasingly been used with excellent results. Although there is limited comparative research evaluating long-term outcomes of the transcatheter technique, preliminary data reveal significantly fewer complications and shorter hospital stays than those reported for surgical repair. This article reviews relevant literature comparing efficacy, cost, and complications of the transcatheter device procedures with the surgical closure of ASDs.
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Pediatrics| April 01 2005
Atrial Septal Defect Treatment Options
Lindy Moake, RN, MSN, PCCNP;
From the Department of Inpatient Cardiology, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Ms Moake), and the Department of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Tex (Dr Ramaciotti).
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Claudio Ramaciotti, MD
AACN Adv Crit Care (2005) 16 (2): 252–266.
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Lindy Moake, Claudio Ramaciotti; Atrial Septal Defect Treatment Options. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 April 2005; 16 (2): 252–266. doi:
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