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Non-surgical treatment of Lutembacher syndrome: combined percutaneous transcatheter therapy
  1. Dilip Johny1,
  2. Kodangala Subramanyam1,
  3. Ram Mohan Bhandary2 and
  4. Amita Rao3
  1. 1Cardiology, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Internal Medicine, KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  3. 3Periodontology, AB Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dilip Johny; johnydilip{at}


A woman in her 30s presented with progressive worsening of dyspnoea for 6 months. On evaluation, she was diagnosed with severe rheumatic mitral stenosis (mitral valve area of 0.6 cm2) and a large ostium secundum atrial septal defect (21 mm) with a left to right shunt and severe pulmonary artery hypertension. She was diagnosed with Lutembacher syndrome and was evaluated for suitability of a percutaneous approach. She was subjected to a combined procedure of percutaneous transluminal mitral commissurotomy followed by device closure of the atrial septal defect. The patient tolerated the procedure, remained haemodynamically stable and was discharged after 4 days. This procedure can prevent the morbidity and mortality associated with anaesthesia and cardiac surgery and the psychological trauma of a thoracotomy scar particularly in a female patient, as well as obviate the need for prolonged hospital stay.

  • Cardiovascular medicine
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiovascular system

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  • DJ and KS are joint first authors.

  • Contributors DJ: concepts, literature search, data acquisition, manuscript editing, management of the patient, supervision of the case, and creation and design of figures and videos. SK: overall management of the patient, interventional procedures, literature search, manuscript editing and supervision of the case. RMB: literature search, data acquisition and management of the patient. AR: literature search and manuscript editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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