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Eisenmenger syndrome is a rare progressive heart condition caused by a structural error in the heart, typically a "hole in the heart" (ventricular septal defect) present at birth (congenital heart defect). This causes abnormal blood flow in the heart, resulting in high pressure within the pulmonary artery, the main blood vessel that connects the heart to the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). 
Last updated: 10/21/2010
- NORD. Eisenmenger syndrome. National Organization for Rare Disoders. 2006; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Eisenmenger%20Syndrome. Accessed 10/14/2010.
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- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Eisenmenger syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.