The Unifocal Bilateral Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Anastomosis

Antonio Amodeo, Roberto M. Di Donato

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Abstract

We propose a new surgical technique to manage the presence of bilateral superior venae cavae in single ventricle patients, a recognized risk factor for both bidirectional Glenn anastomosis and Fontan completion. The idea is to convert two small, peripheral and competing bilateral bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomoses into a single, larger, and centrally located cavopulmonary connection. This technique, used in 2 patients, provides a symmetrical distribution of pulmonary blood flow and may, in fact, yield growth of the central pulmonary arteries as well as prevent thrombus formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2134-2135
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume84
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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