Richard Mainwaring

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  • Late Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Aortopulmonary Window for Pulmonary Atresia/Stenosis and Major Aortopulmonary Collaterals ANNALS OF THORACIC SURGERY Mainwaring, R. D., Reddy, V. M., Perry, S. B., Peng, L., Hanley, F. L. 2012; 94 (3): 842-849

    Abstract:

    Pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect (PA/VSD) and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAs) is a complex form of congenital heart defect. One identifiable subset has small (<2.5 mm) intrapericardial branch pulmonary arteries that are (1) confluent, (2) have normal arborization, and (3) have dual-supplied collateral vessels. When this anatomy is associated with limited pulmonary blood flow, the patients are candidates for creation of an aortopulmonary window to stimulate growth of the pulmonary arteries. The purpose of this study was to review our experience with creation of an aortopulmonary window as the initial palliative procedure.This was a retrospective review of our surgical experience with 35 children undergoing aortopulmonary window creation from 2002 to 2011. Patients were identified by preoperative cardiac catheterization to define the cardiac and pulmonary artery anatomy.There was no mortality in 35 patients undergoing aortopulmonary window creation. These patients have subsequently undergone 78 cardiac procedures (with 2 operative mortalities). Eighteen of these patients have achieved complete repair, 4 patients in a second procedure, 6 patients in a third procedure, 5 patients in a fourth procedure, and 3 patients in a fifth procedure.The data demonstrate that patients can undergo creation of an aortopulmonary window with excellent early results. Few patients were amenable to complete repair at the second operation, and most required multiple reoperations to recruit sufficient arborization. We interpret these counterintuitive results to suggest that hypoplastic central pulmonary arteries and diminished pulmonary blood flow are markers for a less well developed pulmonary vascular bed.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.03.061

    View details for Web of Science ID 000308138900031

    View details for PubMedID 22857982

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