"Closed-Vein" Technique for Primary Sutureless Repair of Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection
ABSTRACT Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest or low-flow bypass are commonly used in primary repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection, or individual veins may be dissected to allow clamp or snare application, in order to provide a bloodless field for anastomosis by the direct or sutureless marsupialization technique. In the described technical modification, the marsupialization of the opened atrium to the posterior pericardium is completed before opening the pulmonary venous confluence, allowing bloodless exposure during full-flow normothermic bypass. In addition, vein branch dissection is avoided.
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ABSTRACT: Primary repair of infracardiac total anomalous pulmonary venous connection is associated with a significant risk of recurrent pulmonary venous obstruction. Herein we describe a technique of primary repair in which a modified sutureless anastomosis is constructed by suturing the left atrium to the posterior mediastinal pleura that surrounds the pulmonary venous confluence.The Annals of thoracic surgery 08/2008; 86(1):320-2. DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2008.01.093 · 3.65 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The occurrence of a progressive pulmonary venous obstruction after the repair of the total anomalous pulmonary venous connection is a severe complication. The objectives of this study were to retrospectively review the patients with this condition and to report our experience with a new surgical technique with a sutureless in situ pericardium repair. Of 178 patients who underwent correction of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection, 16 patients (9%) experienced the development of a progressive pulmonary venous obstruction in a median interval of 4 months (5 weeks-12 years). Three patients had isolated anastomotic stenosis, 4 patients had isolated pulmonary venous ostial stenosis, and 9 patients had both. Pulmonary venous obstruction was bilateral in 7 patients. The surgical procedures used at reoperation included 8 patch enlargements, 5 ostial endarterectomies, 1 intraoperative stenting, and 7 sutureless in situ pericardium repairs. There were 4 deaths after reoperation (4 of 15 patients; 27%). The only significant mortality risk factor was the bilateral location of the pulmonary venous obstruction (P =.045). In patients with isolated anastomotic stenosis or with only 1 pulmonary venous ostial stenosis (n = 5), there was no death, except the patient presenting with a single ventricle. In patients with 2 or more pulmonary venous ostial stenoses (n = 10), there were 3 deaths; 5 of the 7 survivors were successfully treated with the in situ pericardial technique, with normalized pulmonary artery pressure at a mean follow-up of 26 months. Progressive pulmonary venous stenosis after repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection remains a severe complication when bilateral. The sutureless in situ pericardial repair offers a satisfactory solution, particularly on the right side.Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 05/1999; 117(4):679-87. DOI:10.1016/S0022-5223(99)70287-4 · 3.99 Impact Factor
- Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 03/1998; 115(2):468-70. DOI:10.1016/S0022-5223(98)70294-6 · 3.99 Impact Factor