HELEN B. TAUSSIG, M.D.; NICHOLAS J. FORTUIN, M.D.
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To the editor: This letter reports the occurrence of subacute bacterial endocarditis 16 years after closure of an atrial septal defect of the ostium secundum type.
Patient H.W. (JHH. #145 65 18) a white, postgraduate female law student, was born October 1946 with an atrial septal defect of the ostium secundum type. Cardiac catheterization at age 7 years confirmed the diagnosis. At 10 years of age she had the defect closed by Dr. John Kirklin, with the use of the Well technique and a Teflon patch. The patient remained well for 16 years with the exception of occasional respiratory infections
TAUSSIG HB, FORTUIN NJ. Late Occurrence of Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis with Closed Atrial Septal Defect. Ann Intern Med. ;78:609. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-4-609_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(4):609.
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