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Objective: To evaluate the impact of the interatrial sulcus opening regarding of left atrium gain when harvesting heart and lungs for transplantation. Methods: It was evaluated the left atrium dimension, from the right mediastinal side, after the interatrial sulcus dissection in fifty human cadaver. The interatrial sulcus gain was related with gender, age and ethnic group. Results: The gain observed through right interatrial opening was, in media, 1.31cm (0.3 to 2.5cm). When that value wasdoi:10.1590/s0102-76382008000200013 pmid:18820787 fatcat:x3o6wssznjgtnbxrj66lir5n5y