The effect of additional pulmonary blood flow on timing of the total cavopulmonary connection Full Text
Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 06/12/2012
van Slooten YJ et al. – Patients with a bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt and additional pulmonary blood flow have a longer interval before the total cavopulmonary connection without evident untoward effects. This may theoretically be advantageous for the pulmonary artery growth needed for a successful Fontan circulation. Furthermore, postponement of the final Fontan may ensure the insertion of a larger extracardiac conduit to avoid prosthesis–patient mismatch.