Published in Surgery Litigation and Law Weekly, September 8th, 2006
According to a recent report from Switzerland, "Iatrogenic atrial septal defects are described in 2 patients. They occurred after implantation of Amplatzer occluders to close a patent foramen ovale."
"While device erosions to the extra-atrial space have been described, erosion induced atrial septal defects are a new medical entity," explained B. Meier at University Hospital Bern. "They may be fairly common in the situation of an atrial septal aneurysm whipping the rim of the device incessantly. They are clinically silent and benign and require echocardiography for detection."
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