Biventricular repair approach in ducto-dependent neonates with hypoplastic but morphologically normal left ventricle. (1/199)

OBJECTIVES: Increased afterload and multilevel LV obstruction is constant. We assumed that restoration of normal loading conditions by relief of LV obstructions promotes its growth, provided that part of the cardiac output was preoperatively supported by the LV, whatever the echocardiographic indexes. BACKGROUND: Whether to perform uni- or biventricular repair in ducto dependent neonates with hypoplastic but morphologically normal LV (hypoplastic left heart syndrome classes II & III) remains unanswered. Echocardiographic criteria have been proposed for surgical decision. METHODS: Twenty ducto dependent neonates presented with this anomaly. All had aortic coarctation associated to multilevel LV obstruction. Preoperative echocardiographic assessment showed: mean EDLW of 12.4 +/- 3.03 ml/m2 and mean Rhodes score of -1.73 +/-0.8. Surgery consisted in relief of LV outflow tract obstruction by coarctation repair in all associated to aortic commissurotomy in one and ASD closure in 2. RESULTS: There were 3 early and 2 late deaths. Failure of biventricular repair and LV growth was obvious in patients with severe anatomic mitral stenosis. The other demonstrated growth of the left heart. At hospital discharge the EDLVV was 19.4+/-3.12 ml/m2 (p = 0.0001) and the Rhodes score was -0.38+/-1.01 (p = 0.0003). Actuarial survival and freedom from reoperation rates at 5 years were 72.5% and 46%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Biventricular repair can be proposed to ducto dependent neonates with hypoplastic but morphologically normal LV provided that all anatomical causes of LV obstruction can be relieved. Secondary growth of the left heart then occurs; however, the reoperation rate is high.  (+info)

Pattern of pulmonary venous blood flow in the hypoplastic left heart syndrome in the fetus. (2/199)

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether restriction at the atrial septum in the newborn with hypoplastic left heart syndrome can be predicted accurately by examining the pattern of pulmonary venous flow in the fetus. A restrictive atrial septum can contribute to haemodynamic instability before surgery for this lesion and has been associated with an increased mortality. DESIGN: Pulmonary venous pulsed Doppler tracings were compared between fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and controls. The size of the atrial septal defect on the postnatal echocardiogram was graded according to the degree of restriction. Pulsed Doppler tracings of pulmonary venous blood flow were obtained in 18 fetuses with left atrial outflow atresia and compared with 77 controls, adjusted for gestational age. Postnatal echocardiograms were available for analysis in 13 of 18 neonates. SETTING: A tertiary referral centre for fetal cardiology and paediatric cardiac surgery. RESULTS: Fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome were different from controls in all pulmonary vein indices measured. As assessed from the postnatal echocardiogram, there were seven fetuses with a restrictive atrial septum. In these fetuses, the systolic flow velocity (p < 0.01), S/D ratio (p < 0.01), and peak reversal wave (p < 0.001) in the pulmonary vein tracing showed a good correlation with the degree of restriction. CONCLUSIONS: The Doppler pattern of pulmonary venous flow in the fetus with hypoplastic left heart syndrome appears to be a reliable predictor of restriction of the atrial septum in the neonate. This may help in the immediate post-delivery management of these infants before surgery.  (+info)

Fate of the stented arterial duct. (3/199)

BACKGROUND: The technical aspects of ductal stenting have been reported, but little is known of the fate of the duct after stent implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Nineteen patients underwent stent implantation to maintain ductal patency. Eight had hypoplastic left heart (HLH) syndrome, 10 had pulmonary atresia, and 1 had tricuspid atresia. Median survival with HLH was 57 (12 to 907) days. Stent implantation was successful in all cases of HLH, but there were no long-term survivors. Two well-palliated infants died at transplantation. Median survival with duct-dependent pulmonary flow was 183 (0 to 1687) days, with 3 patients well at latest follow-up (56, 55, and 9 months, respectively). There were 2 operative deaths due to ductal spasm and 4 late deaths, 1 due to duct thrombosis, 1 due to chronic lung disease, and 2 of unknown cause. Stent implantation failed in 4 of the 11 cases. Assessment of endothelialization was possible in 13 cases; the stent was partially covered in 3 and fully endothelialized in all 10 cases assessed >8 weeks after implantation. In patients stented for inadequate pulmonary flow, ductal intimal hyperplasia occurred by 9 months in all 3 survivors but responded to repeated dilation. CONCLUSIONS: Ductal stenting cannot be recommended. In patients with HLH, it provides only short-term palliation even when combined with pulmonary artery banding. With duct-dependent pulmonary blood flow, the procedure carries high risk, and duration of palliation is poor. In patients with bilateral ducts and absent central pulmonary arteries, good palliation may be achieved, but repeated angioplasty is necessary to counteract intimal hyperplasia.  (+info)

The hypoplastic left heart syndrome with intact atrial septum: atrial morphology, pulmonary vascular histopathology and outcome. (4/199)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the outcome in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact atrial septum and to evaluate the relationship of atrial morphology, left atrial decompression pathway and lung histopathology to outcome. BACKGROUND: In the hypoplastic left heart syndrome, severe restriction at the atrial level results in marked systemic hypoxemia after birth. Infants with intact atrial septum may be at high risk for mortality after Norwood operation. METHODS: Of 316 infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome seen at our center over a 6.5-year period, 18 (5.7%) had intact atrial septum. Medical records and echocardiograms were reviewed. RESULTS: On echocardiography, three types of intact atrial septal morphology were identified: 1) large left atrium, thick prominent septum secondary with thin septum primary adherent (type A, n = 12); 2) small left atrium with thick, muscular atrial septum (type B, n = 4), and 3) giant left atrium, thin atrial septum with severe mitral regurgitation (type C, n = 2). Seven infants had left atrial decompression pathways that were severely obstructed (3/12 type A, 4/4 type B). Norwood operation was performed in 17 infants; one underwent emergency balloon atrial septostomy and died. Of six early survivors, all with type A atrial morphology and unobstructed decompression pathway, three died after subsequent cavopulmonary surgery. Lung histopathology revealed severely dilated lymphatics and "arterialization" of the pulmonary veins in those with the severest degree of obstruction to left atrial egress (type B atrial morphology). CONCLUSIONS: Despite aggressive intervention, outcome for infants born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and intact atrial septum is poor. Maldevelopment of the pulmonary vasculature contributes to the high mortality seen. Atrial morphology can be used as a marker for the severity of pulmonary vascular disease.  (+info)

Differential pulmonary flow in hypoplastic left heart syndrome. (5/199)

We report a case of hypoplastic left heart syndrome associated with restrictive interatrial communication and partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection via a right lower pulmonary vein draining to the inferior vena cava. We found unequal pulmonary artery pressure and different pulmonary artery structure, with the right pulmonary artery being lower in pressure and more tortuous and dilated in its peripheral branches than the left. This was attributed to the variant degrees of pulmonary venous obstruction. The left pulmonary venous return was severely obstructed by the restrictive interatrial communication, whereas the anomalous right lower pulmonary vein drained into the inferior vena cava, with less obstruction. To the best of our knowledge, there has never before been a report of differential pulmonary flow associated with a partial anomalous pulmonary vein, in a case of hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  (+info)

Impact of early ventricular unloading on exercise performance in preadolescents with single ventricle Fontan physiology. (6/199)

OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine if early ventricular volume unloading improves aerobic capacity in patients with single ventricle Fontan physiology. BACKGROUND: Surgical strategies for patients with single ventricle include intermediate staging or early Fontan completion to reduce the adverse affects of prolonged ventricular volume load. The impact of this strategy on exercise performance has not been evaluated. METHODS: Retrospectively, we reviewed the exercise stress test results of all preadolescents with single ventricle Fontan physiology. "Volume unloading" was considered to have occurred at the time of bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis or at the time of Fontan surgery in those patients who did not undergo intermediate staging. Potential predictors of aerobic capacity were analyzed using multivariate regression. RESULTS: The patients (n = 46) achieved a mean percentage predicted of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) of 76.1% +/- 21.1%. The mean age at the time of volume unloading was 2.7 +/- 2.4 years, and the mean age at testing was 8.7 +/- 2 years. Intermediate staging was performed in 16 of 46 patients (35%). In multivariate analysis, younger age at volume unloading was associated with increased aerobic capacity (p = 0.003). Other variables were not predictive. The subgroup of patients who underwent volume unloading before two years of age achieved a mean percentage predicted VO2max of 88.6% +/- 24.1%. CONCLUSIONS: Preadolescents with single ventricle who undergo volume unloading surgery at an early age demonstrate superior aerobic capacity compared with those whose surgery is delayed until a later age.  (+info)

Early survival of infants weighing 2.5 kilograms or less undergoing first-stage reconstruction for hypoplastic left heart syndrome. (7/199)

BACKGROUND: Results of staged palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) have improved in recent years; however, certain risk factors have been associated with decreased survival rates. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 67 patients weighing +info)

FISH studies in 45 patients with Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome: deletions associated with polysplenia, hypoplastic left heart and death in infancy. (8/199)

Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome (RTS) is a dominant Mendelian disorder characterised by mental retardation, a typical facies, broad thumbs and short stature. Previous reports indicated that 4-25% of RTS patients have a submicroscopic 16p13.3 deletion of the CBP gene. Using FISH and cosmid probes RT100, RT191 and RT203 we studied 45 RTS patients from Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Turkey and found four deletions (8.9%, pooled data including other studies: 11%). All deletions were interstitial; three spanned the CBP gene (RT100-RT203) and one was smaller (RT100 only). Previous studies reported no phenotype-genotype correlation between RTS patients with or without a deletion. Our findings suggest a more severe phenotype. The mean age at presentation was 0.96 years in patients with a deletion as against 11.12 years in those without. Patients A and B with a deletion died in infancy which is rare in RTS and was not observed among the other patients. Patients A and D had accessory spleens, Patient A with hypoplastic left heart, abnormal pulmonary lobulation and renal agenesis. This is the second report of hypoplastic left heart and the first report of polysplenia with RTS. The signs suggest a developmental field defect (disturbance of laterality) either as a newly recognised pattern of RTS, or alternatively a novel contiguous gene syndrome.  (+info)