Kanji IGA1, Chisato IZUMI1, Shuichi TAKAHASHI2, Sayuri YOSHIMURA2, Takashi KONISHI1
1Department of Cardiology, Tenri Hospital, 2Department of Clinical Pathology, Tenri Hospital
Color Doppler echocardiography, Endocardial cushion defect, LA−RV communication
We encountered an adult with left atrium to right ventricular communication after corrective surgery for endocardial cushion
defect of the partial type, which was diagnosed by color Doppler echocardiography. This rare communication results from the
anatomical characteristics of the endocardial cushion defect: both the tricuspid and mitral vales are located at the same level
relative to the cardiac apex. Color Doppler echocardiography proved quite useful for this diagnosis.