The left atrial appendage - a design flaw or an essential structure

Doubell, Anton (2018)

CITATION: Doubell, A. 2018. The left atrial appendage - a design flaw or an essential structure. SA Heart, 15(1):2-4, doi:10.24170/15-1-2904.

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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The left atrial appendage (LAA) is considered to be a vestigial remnant of the primitive foetal atrium. It has also been identified as the source of the majority of left atrial thrombi in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Not having a clearly defined and recognised function, and having the reputation of being the villain in thrombotic stroke in patients with non-valvular AF, has led to a number of rather aggressive interventions targeted at dealing with the scourge of AF.

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