Surgical management of aortopulmonary window

Yoshihisa Tanoue, Akira Sese, Yasutaka Ueno, Kunitaka Joh

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OBJECTIVE: Aortopulmonary window is a rare congenital malformation involving a window-like communication between the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery. Here, we present our experience regarding the surgical repair of an aortopulmonary window, and also assess the long-term outcome. METHODS: Thirteen children with an aortopulmonary window associated with various congenital lesions underwent a repair of the defect. The age at operation ranged from 3 days to 1 year (median age, 19 days). The patient's weight ranged from 2.1 to 7.0 kg (mean weight, 3.6 kg). The associated lesions included an interrupted aortic arch (5 patients), a ventricular septal defect (2), an atrial septal defect (1), mitral valve regurgitation (1), and tricuspid atresia [Ic] with mitral valve regurgitation (1). The aortopulmonary window was repaired with a cardiopulmonary bypass in 11 patients, and 2 patients were ligated without a cardiopulmonary bypass. RESULTS: One patient associated with tricuspid atresia died (mortality rate of 7.7%). There has been no late death during a mean follow-up of 7 years and 3 months. CONCLUSIONS: The surgical results for an aortopulmonary window are encouraging, even if such patients are associated with major cardiac anomalies and an interrupted aortic arch. Most have shown a good long-term outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-561
Number of pages5
JournalThe Japanese journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official publication of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery = Nihon Kyōbu Geka Gakkai zasshi
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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