Discussion exists whether discrete subaortic stenosis (DSS) is a congenital or acquired cardiac defect. Currently, it is regarded an "acquired" cardiac defect presumably secondary to altered flow patterns due to morphological abnormalities in the left ventricular outflow tract, as have been shown by some studies in the pediatric population. In this report, we demonstrated a steepened aortoseptal angle in adults with DSS without previous cardiac surgery in comparison to controls. Our results strengthen the hypothesis that altered flow patterns due to a steepened aortoseptal angle are a substrate for development of DSS in adults.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2007.01.078, hdl.handle.net/1765/29312
International Journal of Cardiology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam