Functionally Univentricular Heart and the Fontan Operation: Lessons Learned About Patterns of Practice and Outcomes From the Congenital Heart Surgery Databases of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Johns Hopkins Children's Heart Surgery, All Children's Hospital and Florida Hospital for Children, Saint Petersburg, Tampa, and Orlando, FL, USA.
World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery 10/2013; 4(4):349-55. DOI: 10.1177/2150135113494228
Source: PubMed


Background: “The term “functionally univentricular heart” describes a spectrum of congenital cardiovascular malformations in which the ventricular mass may not readily lend itself to partitioning that commits one ventricular pump to the systemic circulation and another to the pulmonary circulation.” The purpose of this article is to review patterns of practice and outcomes in the Congenital Heart Surgery Databases (CHSDBs) of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in patients with functionally univentricular hearts undergoing the Fontan operation.

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