Pulmonary artery to the left atrium fistula as an unusual cause of cyanosis in the newborn

Pediatr Cardiol. Fall 1989;10(4):216-20. doi: 10.1007/BF02083296.


A fistula between the pulmonary artery (PA) and the left atrium (LA) is a rare form of congenital heart disease, 34 cases having been described in the literature, all from the right pulmonary artery (RPA). Only six cases were diagnosed in the newborn period. We report such a case, diagnosed at 1 day of age by Doppler echocardiography, with an unusual site of the fistula.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cyanosis / etiology*
  • Echocardiography
  • Fistula / complications
  • Fistula / diagnosis
  • Fistula / physiopathology*
  • Heart Atria / abnormalities
  • Heart Atria / physiopathology*
  • Heart Diseases / complications
  • Heart Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pulmonary Artery / abnormalities
  • Pulmonary Artery / physiopathology*