Natural History of a Ventriculoatrial Fistula After a Gunshot Injury in 1945

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Abstract

We describe an exceptional case of a patient who suffered a penetrating heart injury from a gunshot wound in 1945 leading to a left ventricular–right atrial fistula. Despite the resulting left-to-right shunt the patient remained relatively asymptomatic for 50 years before the onset of congestive heart failure necessitated an operation.

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