Successful device closure of an acquired Gerbode defect

Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2006 Dec;68(6):942-5. doi: 10.1002/ccd.20896.


Left ventricle to right atrial communications, collectively known as Gerbode defects, are usually congenital defects and surgical closure remains the treatment of choice. We report a rare case of Gerbode defect acquired following surgical closure of a ventricular septal defect. The defect was successfully closed percutaneously with an Amplatzer ventricular septal occluder. The patient remained symptom free with optimal result on echo at 6 months of follow-up. This is the first reported case of successful device closure of an acquired Gerbode defect.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiac Catheterization / methods
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Cardiomegaly / etiology
  • Dyspnea / etiology
  • Echocardiography, Doppler
  • Heart Atria / injuries
  • Heart Murmurs / etiology
  • Heart Murmurs / surgery
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / complications
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prosthesis Implantation / methods*