Research Article| Volume 51, ISSUE 6, P805-808, June 1962

Surgical management of anomalous right pulmonary venous drainage to the superior vena cava, associated with superior marginal defect of the atrial septum

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      Description is given of a technique for the correction of anomalous pulmonary venous drainage into the superior vena cava associated with superior marginal defects of the atrial septum. This consists of construction of a tunnel within the cava to direct all pulmonary vein blood down through the septal defect into the left atrium, and then inlaying a pericardial patch into the superior vena cava and right atrium as a gusset to provide an adequate pathway for superior caval blood into the right atrium. This operation has been employed in 5 cases with very satisfactory results.
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