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Atrioventricular conduction system in univentricular heart of right ventricular type with right-sided rudimentary chamber.

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The conduction tissue in a univentricular heart of the right ventricular type with a right-sided rudimentary chamber was studied. Both an anterior and conventional node were found, the anterior node being positioned in the atrial septum very close to the conventional node. Between the two nodes, a sling of conduction tissue passed through the annulus fibrosus but was not related to the trabecular septum. A non-branching bundle descended on to a free-running trabecula in the main ventricular chamber, the trabecular septum itself being devoid of conduction tissue. We believe it is likely that this trabecula represents the trabecula septomarginalis of the normal right ventricle. It has recently been suggested that during development the primordium of the trabecula septomarginalis is the structure which carries the conduction tissue from the atrioventricular node (whatever its position) to the trabecular septum. The present findings seem to support this. Images

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