Cyanosis in atrial septal defect due to persistent eustachian valve

Ann Thorac Surg. 1985 Dec;40(6):614-6. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(10)60359-1.


Two cyanotic patients had venoarterial shunting from the inferior vena cava to the left atrium in an uncomplicated atrial septal defect with normal right ventricular pressures. Cyanosis was due to a large, anomalous inferior vena caval valve, the eustachian valve. The mechanism of cyanosis and technical problems for surgical repair are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cyanosis / etiology*
  • Female
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / complications*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / pathology
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / abnormalities*
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / surgery