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Congenital - Acyanotic

January 10, 2015
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
December 3, 2014
This single institution study evaluated the effects of 24-hr in hospital congenital cardiac surgery coverage on outcomes for perioperative congenital heart surgery ECMO.  Institution of 24-hr coverage reduced hospital mortality from 68% to 43% as well as rates of cardiac arrhythmias and pneumonia.  24-hr coverage was independently associated with a r
October 27, 2014
Aortic valve repair has encouraging mid- and long-term results in selected patients. This video describes the tailored cusp extension valvuloplasty surgical technique.
October 1, 2014
Optimal management of a VSD at the time of coarctation repair is controversial.  The retrospective review of the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium 1982-2007 evaluated outcomes for 2,022 patients.    The presence of a VSD increased operative mortality 4-fold to 8.3%.  Patients underwent coarct repair and VSD closure at an older age (87 days) than for
September 4, 2014
The impact of center and surgeon volume on outcomes after arterial switch for TGV was investigated using data from the STS database. Median center and surgeon annual volumes were 4 and 2.   Both center and surgeon volume were important determinants of the composite outcome (death or major complication), with surgeon volume having the most important e
July 4, 2014
Neuroprotection strategies during deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) in infants undergoing cardiac surgery are varied.
May 29, 2014
The authors studied outcomes after congenital operations in 12 programs in New York state (4,776 operations) to assess whether prolonged length of stay (PLOS) can be used as a quality measure.  PLOS incidence ranged from 7.5% to 36.5.5.  PLOS was strongly correlated with mortality rates.  The authors conclude that PLOS is a reasonable quality metric,
May 7, 2014
Results of a 50 year experience with surgery for cortriatriatum sinister were summarized.  A mix of infants and adults underwent treatment, consisting of membrane excision on CPB.  10 year survival was 83%, and all patients were in NYHA class I or II at follow-up. 
April 28, 2014
This video demonstrates the use of the warden technique to repair anomalous venous drainage in a child.
April 2, 2014
In this observational study, the utility of decellularized allogeneic pulmonary artery patches for pulmonary arterioplasty was evaluated in 108 patients. No device failures or adverse events were detected. An historical comparison cohort in whom conventional materials were used experienced a 14% failure rate.

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