Spontaneous closure of a traumatic ventricular septal defect after blunt trauma documented by serial echocardiography

J Am Soc Echocardiogr. Mar-Apr 1992;5(2):203-5. doi: 10.1016/s0894-7317(14)80555-5.


A ventricular septal defect (caused by blunt chest trauma) that closed spontaneously over a period of 5 years was documented by serial echo-Doppler examinations. The shunt was relatively small and the patient was without symptoms from the time the lesion was discovered until its closure. In the absence of cardiac decompensation or pulmonary hypertension, a conservative approach, including serial echo-Doppler examinations, can be justified.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Echocardiography, Doppler*
  • Heart Aneurysm / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Aneurysm / etiology
  • Heart Injuries / complications
  • Heart Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Heart Septum / injuries
  • Heart Ventricles / injuries
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Remission, Spontaneous
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnostic imaging*