A hypertensive right ventricle adversely affects left ventricular function in patients who are Fontan candidates with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PAIVS). Decompression of a hypertensive right ventricle should improve left ventricular performance. Recently, a right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction, the closed Brock procedure, and/or percutaneous balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty were performed to decompress the hypertensive right ventricle before and during the bidirectional Glenn procedure in Fontan-candidate patients with PAIVS in our hospital. This strategy significantly improved left ventricular performance (contractility and ventricular efficiency) after the bidirectional Glenn procedure and a staged total cavopulmonary connection.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health