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A Novel Technique for Repair of Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Source Name: World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery


William I. Douglas, Unnati Doshi


Two-patch, single-patch, and modified single-patch repairs are accepted techniques for repair of complete atrioventricular (AV) canal defects. We propose a novel, alternative technique: the central patch technique.

The central patch technique is applicable to all forms of complete AV canal defect. Subjectively, it offers technical advantages compared to standard techniques and may result in a shorter learning curve for junior congenital heart surgeons. Results are preliminary but are consistent with standard techniques.



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