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Palliative surgery for cyanotic congenital heart disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2453932     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on definitive correction of congenital heart defects at an early age. Nevertheless, in the presence of severe cyanotic congenital heart disease, survival may depend on palliative techniques designed either (1) to promote increased pulmonary blood flow by means of a systemic-pulmonary artery shunt or (2) to promote mixing of blood by means of a left-to-right shunt. For some patients with other cases, palliative techniques serve to "buy time" until the patient attains a more desirable age and body size. Whether subsequent definitive repair is performed, the above-described procedures allow the salvage of numerous patients whose cyanotic anomalies would otherwise be incompatible with life.
D A Cooley
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Surgical clinics of North America     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0039-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  1988 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-24     Completed Date:  1988-06-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0074243     Medline TA:  Surg Clin North Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  477-96     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Texas Heart Institute, Houston.
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MeSH Terms
Aorta / surgery
Blood Vessel Prosthesis
Heart Defects, Congenital / surgery*
Heart Septum / surgery
Palliative Care*
Pulmonary Artery / surgery
Subclavian Artery / surgery
Vena Cava, Superior / surgery

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