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Long-term morbidity and quality of life after surgical repair of transposition of the great arteries: atrial versus arterial switch operation.
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PMID:  21228045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Since a growing number of patients after surgical repair of transposition of the great arteries (TGA) survive until adulthood the focus of attention has shifted to the management of associated long-term morbidity and quality of life (QoL). Therefore, we reviewed all patients that underwent surgical repair of TGA at our institution and compared long-term results after atrial and arterial switch operation. Between 1973 and 2000, a total of 302 patients underwent either atrial switch operation (n=222) or arterial switch operation (n=80). Mean follow-up was 14.5±10.1 years. The arterial switch repair was associated with a higher early mortality whereas long-term survival was comparable between both groups. Postoperative arrhythmias including loss of sinus rhythm and pacemaker implantation occurred significantly more often after atrial switch repair. There was a trend towards a more favourable outcome of the arterial switch group concerning freedom from re-interventions, severe systemic ventricular dysfunction and need for heart failure medication. However, also the arterial switch operation was associated with an increased incidence of loss of sinus rhythm and neo-aortic valve regurgitation during late follow-up. Health related QoL according to the SF-36 questionnaire was not significantly different between both groups and comparable to a healthy population. Keywords: Transposition of the great arteries; Arterial switch operation; Atrial switch operation; Long-term outcome; Quality of life.
Heidi Görler; Masamichi Ono; Arne Thies; Esther Lunkewitz; Mechthild Westhoff-Bleck; Axel Haverich; Thomas Breymann; Dietmar Boethig
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany.
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