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December 21, 1957

The Salient Points and the Value of Venous Angiocardiography in the Diagnosis of the Cyanotic Types of Congenital Malformations of the Heart: A Ten Year Study of 421 Angiocardiograms Done on 283 Patients

JAMA. 1957;165(16):2136-2137. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980340102029

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In this small volume of 80 pages, beautifully illustrated with drawings and reproductions of roentgenograms, the authors present simply and clearly the salient points in the angiocardiographic diagnosis of the cyanotic types of congenital malformations of the heart. Over 1,700 patients with congenital heart disease have been studied over the past 10 years, but only those with a diagnosis confirmed by catheterization, operation, or autopsy were chosen for this study. The diagnostic value of venous angiocardiography as a separate laboratory procedure is emphasized. Based on their study of 421 angiocardiograms made on 283 patients, the authors have divided the cyanotic type of congenital heart disease into four groups: (1) entities in which a diagnosis can almost always be made, (2) those in which a diagnosis can usually be made, (3) those in which a diagnosis can usually not be made, and (4) those requiring additional studies for the establishment of

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