Fontan Operation for Patients With Complex Anatomy: The Intra-Atrial Conduit Technique

Gabriele M. Iacona, Alessandro Giamberti, Raul F. Abella, Julio Agredo Muñoz, Saul Garcia Mendieta, Giuseppe Pomé, Alessandro Frigiola

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The extracardiac conduit type of total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) is the most common variation of the modified Fontan operation in current use. For patients with some forms of complex anatomy (eg, dextrocardia in situs solitus or asplenia syndrome), we have adopted a different technique: interposition of an intra-atrial conduit between the inferior vena cava (IVC) and the superior vena cava–right pulmonary artery (SVC-RPA) connection. We report our experience with six patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-254
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • asplenia
  • dextrocardia
  • Fontan operation
  • heterotaxy syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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