Dennison Young, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Herbert Mark, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The presence of the Eisenmenger syndrome renders any underlying shunting defect inoperable. Little attention has been paid, however, to later events in the natural history of these patients. The clinical course, features, and fate of 37 such adults are reviewed. The underlying lesion in 15 was a ventricular septal defect; in 10, an atrial septal defect; in 4, a patent ductus arteriosus; in 2, patent ductus arteriosus and ventricular septal defect; and miscellaneous lesions in 6. Ages ranged from 18 to 57 years. Twenty-two are still living. All suffered functional limitations, but many were able to lead active lives. Most,
Young D, Mark H. Longevity in the Eisenmenger Syndrome.. Ann Intern Med. ;72:784. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-784_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):784.
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