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Energetic Implications of Vessel Growth and Flow Changes Over Time in Fontan Patients

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Source Name: Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Maria Restrepo, Elaine Tang, Christopher M. Haggerty, Reza H. Khiabani, Lucia Mirabella, James Bethel, Anne Marie Valente, Kevin K. Whitehead, Doff B. McElhinney, Mark A. Fogel, Ajit P. Yoganathan

Patients who underwent a Fontan procedure for single ventricle physiology were evaluated with serial cardiac MR over time to identify changes in vessel characteristics and their relationship to flow.  Although vessel diameter increased over time, normalized diameters decreased.  This was not associated with changes in flow, but hemodynamic efficiency declined over time. 

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