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- Received December 26, 1985
- Revision received May 7, 1986
- Accepted May 22, 1986
- Published online November 1, 1986.
- ↵*Address for reprints: Lindsey D. Allan, MD, British Heart Foundation Perinatal Cardiology Centre, 15th Floor, Guy's Tower, Guy's Hospital, London SEI, England.
Seven cases of pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum were detected in prenatal life. In two of these cases, there was a small hypertrophied right ventricle of the type commonly seen postnatally. In the remaining five cases, the right atrium and right ventricle were grossly dilated to a degree that caused lung compression. The resulting impairment of lung development appeared to be an important factor contributing to death in all five cases. Decompression of the right ventricle by intrauterine surgery to allow normal lung development in the last weeks of pregnancy may be the only way of changing this outcome.
- Received December 26, 1985.
- Revision received May 7, 1986.
- Accepted May 22, 1986.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation