Eisenmenger Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Eisenmenger Complex
  • Eisenmenger Disease
  • Eisenmenger Reaction
  • Eisenmenger Physiology

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Eisenmenger syndrome is a rare progressive heart condition that develops in some individuals with structural malformations of the heart that are present from birth (congenital heart defects). The disorder is characterized by increased blood pressure in the main blood vessel (pulmonary artery) connecting the heart to the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) and improper blood flow within the heart.

The normal heart has four chambers. The two upper chambers, known as atria, are separated from each other by a fibrous partition known as the atrial septum. The two lower chambers are known as ventricles and are separated from each other by the ventricular septum. Valves connect the atria (left and right) to their respective ventricles. The valves allow for blood to be pumped through the chambers. Blood travels from the right ventricle through the pulmonary artery to the lungs where it receives oxygen. The blood returns to the heart through pulmonary veins and enters the left ventricle. The left ventricle sends the now oxygen-filled blood into the main artery of the body (aorta). The aorta sends the blood throughout the body.

The most common congenital heart defect associated with Eisenmenger syndrome is a ventricular septal defect (VSD) or a "hole in the heart" between the two lower chambers of the heart (left ventricle and right ventricle. This defect allows blood to flow from the left ventricle into the right ventricle (left-to-right shunt). The shunt causes increased blood flow into the lungs eventually resulting in pulmonary hypertension, which causes progressive damage to the small blood vessels in lungs (pulmonary vascular disease). As the damage continues, pulmonary hypertension increases and the small blood vessels become thickened or blocked hampering the flow of blood. Ultimately, blood flow is reversed back through the shunt so that blood flows from the right ventricle into the left ventricle (right-to-left shunt) bypassing the lungs completely. A variety of symptoms including life-threatening complications may occur.

Eisenmenger syndrome specifically refers to the combination of pulmonary hypertension and right-to-left shunting of the blood within the heart.

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231-4596
Tel: (214)373-6300
Fax: (214)373-0268
Tel: (800)242-8721
Email: Review.personal.info@heart.org
Internet: http://www.americanheart.org

Congenital Heart Anomalies, Support, Education, & Resources, Inc. (CHASER, Inc.)
2112 North Wilkins Road
Swanton, OH 43558
USA
Tel: (419)825-5575
Fax: (419)825-2880
Email: myer106w@wonder.em.cdc.gov
Internet: http://www.csun.edu/~hcmth011/chaser/chaser-news.html

National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF)
150 N. Radnor Chester Road
Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087
USA
Tel: (610)353-9684
Fax: (610)353-1616
Tel: (800)642-8399
Email: NTAF@transplantfund.org
Internet: http://www.transplantfund.org

National Foundation For Transplants
5350 Poplar Ave
Suite 430
Memphis, TN 38119
USA
Tel: (901)684-1697
Fax: (901)684-1128
Tel: (800)489-3863
Email: info@transplants.org
Internet: http://www.transplants.org

NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
Tel: (301)592-8573
Fax: (301)251-1223
Email: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov

American Organ Transplant Association
PO Box 667566
Houston, TX 77266-7566
Tel: (281)996-8799
Fax: (413)803-9178
Internet: http://www.aotaonline.org

Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc.
23609 Talbot
St Clair Shores, MI 48082
USA
Tel: (586)294-3162
Fax: (727)397-3609
Tel: (888)855-9463
Email: beanpahoun@aol.com
Internet: http://www.2ndwind.org

Children's Heart Association for Support and Education
c/o The Cardiac Clinic, Division of Cardiology
The Hospital For Sick Children
555 University Avenue
Toronto
Ontario, M5G 1X8
Canada
Tel: 4164102427
Email: kidheart@angelfire.com
Internet: http://www.angelfire.com/on/chase/

Kids With Heart National Association for Children's Heart Disorders, Inc.
P.O Box 12504
Green Bay, WI 54307-2504
Tel: (920)498-0058
Fax: (920)498-0058
Tel: (800)538-5390
Email: michelle@kidswithheart.org
Internet: http://www.kidswithheart.org

Little Hearts, Inc.
P.O. Box 171
110 Court Street, Suite 3A
Cromwell, CT 06416
USA
Tel: (860)635-0006
Fax: (860)635-0006
Tel: (866)435-4673
Email: info@littlehearts.org
Internet: http://www.littlehearts.org

Congenital Heart Information Network (C.H.I.N.)
101 N Washington Ave, Suite 1A 101 N Washington Ave, Suite 1A
Margate City, NJ 08402-1195
Tel: (609)822-1572
Fax: (609)822-1574
Email: mb@tchin.org
Internet: http://www.tchin.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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