Relative Contribution of Blood from Each Lung to the Left-to-Right Shunt in Atrial Septal Defect
Demonstration by Indicator-Dilution Technics
Arterial dilution curves of T-1824 have been recorded by oximeters after injection of T-1824 into both the right and left pulmonary arteries in patients with anomalous connections of the pulmonary veins, with atrial septal defects or with persistent common atrioventricular canals. The most extreme differences were found between the pairs of curves in the patients with the anomalous connection. These differences were less pronounced but clearly recognizable in the other conditions, and suggested a more general use of the term "anomalous pulmonary venous drainage. "The findings indicate that, in the usual case of atrial septal defect, a greater proportion of the blood from the right lung passes to the right atrium than does blood from the left lung.
- © 1956 American Heart Association, Inc.