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OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate the mid-term outcome of hospital survivors with extracardiac Fontan circulation. BACKGROUND Few data exist about the mid-term and long-term results of the extracardiac Fontan operation. METHODS From November 1988 to November 2003, 221 patients underwent an extracardiac Fontan procedure as primary (9 patients) or(More)
METHODS Between 1988 and 1995, 60 patients with complex cardiac anomalies underwent a total extracardiac cavopulmonary connection, a combination of a bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis with an extracardiac conduit interposition between the inferior vena cava and pulmonary arteries, except in one patient in whom direct anastomosis was possible. In 40(More)
OBJECTIVE This study reviews a single-center experience with the Ross procedure in infants and young children. METHODS From November 1993 to March 2012, 55 children aged less than 17 years underwent a Ross procedure. The patients ranged in age from 2 days to 17 years (median, 5.9 years). Thirteen patients were infants, and 18 patients were preschool(More)
A 2.5-year-old boy with a diagnosis of situs solitus, tricuspid atresia, anatomically corrected malposition of the great arteries (S,D,L), left juxtaposition of atrial appendages, and pulmonary stenosis underwent successful total cava-to-pulmonary connection by means of a superior vena cava-to-pulmonary artery end-to-side anastomosis associated with an(More)
The growing population of failing single-ventricle (SV) patients might benefit from ventricular assist device (VAD) support as a bridge to heart transplantation. However, the documented experience is limited to isolated case reports. Considering the complex and different physiopathology of Norwood, Glenn, and Fontan patients and the lack of established(More)
The issue of the correct determination of the mechanical power dissipated by the blood flow in the circulatory system is very important. This parameter is particularly critical when the patient's circulation has to overcome structural impairments, such as, e.g., in the case of only one functional ventricle. The surgical palliation of such a condition, which(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the feasibility and efficacy of transarterial embolization (TAE) in haemorrhagic urological emergencies, and to assess the perioperative morbidity, effect of timing of intervention on the requirement for blood transfusion, and the long-term follow-up. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between October 1997 and March 2009, 44 patients (30 men and(More)
The advantages of minimally invasive surgery are well accepted. Shorter hospital stays, decreased postoperative pain, rapid return to preoperative activity, decreased postoperative ileus, and preserved immune function are among the benefits of the laparoscopic approach. However, the instruments of laparoscopy afford surgeons limited precision and poor(More)
The total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) is a common operation, meant to restore a proper pulmonary blood flow in heart defects with only one functional ventricle. It consists of the direct connection of the venae cavae to the pulmonary arteries in a cross-shaped disposition which entails a peculiar hemodynamics: Side effects can occur, such as(More)
BACKGROUND Total cavopulmonary connection has been proposed as a rational alternative to atriopulmonary connection for complex Fontan operations. In addition to fluid dynamic advantages proposed by de Leval, total right heart bypass may address an emerging important issue after repair of single ventricle: late atrial arrhythmias. The purpose of this study(More)