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
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TAUSSIG HB, FORTUIN NJ. Late Occurrence of Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis with Closed Atrial Septal Defect. Ann Intern Med. 1973;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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