Delayed diagnosis of congenital heart disease worsens preoperative condition and outcome of surgery in neonates.

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OBJECTIVES To assess whether the route by which neonatal congenital heart disease (CHD) is first recognised influences outcome after surgery. METHODS Surgical neonates admitted to a tertiary cardiac unit between March 1999 and February 2002 were retrospectively reviewed with analysis of risk factors for outcome. Three routes to initial recognition of CHD… (More)

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