Richard Mainwaring

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  • Aortopulmonary collateral vessels and prolonged pleural effusions after modified Fontan procedures AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL Spicer, R. L., Uzark, K. C., Moore, J. W., Mainwaring, R. D., Lamberti, J. J. 1996; 131 (6): 1164-1168


    Pleural effusions after the modified Fontan procedure are unpredictable, increase morbidity, and prolong hospital stay. To assess the relation between preoperative characteristics and postoperative pleural drainage, we performed a retrospective study of 71 patients who underwent Fontan procedures. Analyses revealed no significant relation between duration of effusion and age at Fontan, preoperative oxygen saturation, pulmonary artery pressure, ventricular end-diastolic pressure, type of Fontan, or prior cavopulmonary anastomosis. Patients with significant aortopulmonary collateral vessels evidenced by angiographic opacification of the pulmonary arteries or veins had more prolonged pleural drainage. The duration of the pleural drainage was significantly less in patients who had aortopulmonary collateral occlusion.

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    View details for PubMedID 8644596

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