Comparison of Norwood shunt types: do the outcomes differ 6 years later?

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DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2010.03.078


BACKGROUND: A modification to the Norwood procedure involving a right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery (RV-PA) shunt may improve early postoperative outcomes. Concerns remain about the effect of the right ventriculotomy required with this shunt on long-term ventricular function.

METHODS: Between January 2000 and April 2005, 76 patients underwent the Norwood procedure, 35 with a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (mBTS) and 41 with a RV-PA shunt. Patients were monitored until death or September 1, 2009, with an average follow-up of 6.8 years. Cardiac catheterization, echocardiograms, perioperative Fontan courses, and need for cardiac transplantation were compared between groups.

RESULTS: Cumulative survival was 63% (22 of 35) in the mBTS group vs 78% (32 of 41) in the RV-PA group (p = 0.14). Pre-Fontan echocardiography revealed poorer ventricular function in RV-PA patients (p = 0.03). Cardiac transplantation was required in 6 of 32 (19%) patients with a prior RV-PA shunt vs 1 of 23 (4%) in the mBTS group (p = 0.06). This results in an almost identical cumulative transplant-free survival between groups; 60% (21 of 35) in the mBTS group and 63% (26 of 41) in the RV-PA group (p = 0.95).

CONCLUSIONS: Neither shunt offers a clear survival advantage through an average follow-up of 6.8 years. The RV-PA shunt results in impaired late ventricular function that may result in an increased need for cardiac transplantation.

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The Annals of thoracic surgery





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Anastomosis, Surgical; Cardiac Surgical Procedures; Child; Child, Preschool; Follow-Up Studies; Fontan Procedure; Heart Defects, Congenital; Heart Ventricles; Humans; Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome; Pulmonary Artery

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