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Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Abstract

A preliminary report on the prevalence rate of congenital heart disease in newborn gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) is presented. Serial sections of the entire heart of 100 liveborn gerbils were studied. The prevalence rate of congenital heart disease was 4%. Ventricular septal defect was the most frequent lesion. This is in agreement with previous reports on rats.

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