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Two-dimensional echocardiographic assessment of common atrioventricular valves in univentricular hearts.
  1. J F Smallhorn,
  2. G Tommasini,
  3. F J Macartney


    Twelve patients with univentricular heart and common atrioventricular valve were identified by two-dimensional echocardiography. Seven had an ostium primum atrial septal defect and five a common atrium. The common atrioventricular valve had the appearance of a free floating anterior leaflet flanked by two lateral leaflets. The position of the rudimentary chamber in relation to the atrioventricular valve was posterior in six and anterior in two; no chamber was identified in four. Two-dimensional echocardiography provides a reliable method for the identification of common atrioventricular valve in univentricular heart.

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