Tia A. Tortoriello

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the natural history of secundum atrial septal defects (ASDs) over several years using serial echocardiographic studies. METHODS All patients with isolated secundum ASDs who had serial transthoracic echocardiograms at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, from January 1991 to December 1998 were identified. Patients with(More)
Approximately 60% of children with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) develop their initial episode by 1 year of age. Despite resolution in most of these patients by 1 year, approximately 30% of the SVT will recur. We performed a retrospective review of all patients <1 year of age with SVT between January 1984 and December 2000. Recurrence was defined as(More)
Although single individual reports have documented outcomes in children with pentalogy of are few data available for postoperative outcome of this cohort of patients after cardiac surgery. The aim of this study was to retrospectively review the clinical details of patients with pentalogy of Cantrell managed at two centers. Two cardiac surgical institutions(More)
BACKGROUND The spectrum of sternal wound infections after cardiac surgery ranges from superficial infections to a deep sternal infection known as mediastinitis. Mediastinitis is a rare but clinically relevant source of postoperative morbidity and mortality in adult and pediatric patients after cardiac surgery. METHODS We retrospectively identified all(More)
BACKGROUND Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is a noninvasive optical monitor of regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2). The aim of this study was to validate the use of NIRS by cerebral oximetry in estimating invasively measured mixed venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) in pediatric postoperative cardiac surgery patients. METHODS Twenty patients were(More)
We report a case of a healthy, asymptomatic 6-year-old boy in whom an anomalous right pulmonary vein was noted to drain into both the inferior vena cava and left atrium in association with findings consistent with scimitar syndrome. The anomalous pulmonary vein took a very circuitous route through the lungs before draining into the left atrium, a condition(More)
OBJECTIVES To document cerebral saturation in response to alterations in mechanical ventilation in infants with bidirectional superior cavopulmonary connection. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit. PATIENTS Children with functional single ventricle who have undergone bidirectional superior cavopulmonary(More)
Abnormal origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare coronary anomaly in children that requires necessary and urgent repair. We report a child who was hospitalized with respiratory failure due respiratory syncytial viral (RSV) infection and was subsequently diagnosed with ALCAPA. Aggressive treatment for RSV included(More)
We describe a patient diagnosed with a small atrial septal defect (3–4 mm) that had grown to 24 mm in diameter over a six-year period. Timing of transcatheter intervention may be affected by growth of the atrial septal defect and this reports the first case of an atrial septal defect outgrowing the possibility of transcatheter closure.