Hypoventilation improves oxygenation after bidirectional superior cavopulmonary connection.

@article{Bradley2003HypoventilationIO,
  title={Hypoventilation improves oxygenation after bidirectional superior cavopulmonary connection.},
  author={S. Messenger Bradley and Janet Simsic and Denise M. Mulvihill},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2003},
  volume={126 4},
  pages={
          1033-9
        }
}
OBJECTIVE Bidirectional superior cavopulmonary connection may be complicated by systemic hypoxemia. Previous work has shown that hyperventilation worsens systemic oxygenation in patients after bidirectional superior cavopulmonary connection. The likely mechanism is that hyperventilation-induced hypocarbia decreases cerebral, superior vena caval, and pulmonary blood flow. The aim of the current study was to determine whether the converse approach, hypoventilation, improves oxygenation after… CONTINUE READING

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