Corrective Surgery for Tetralogy of Fallot
Evaluation of Results
Fifty patients with tetralogy of Fallot have had surgical correction of their complex defects made possible by the open technic during the past 5 years. The overall 5-year operative mortality was 18 per cent. This was reduced to 15 per cent during the past 2 years in 20 patients. Forty-one of the patients are alive, asymptomatic, and have normal physical activity. Ffteen patients have had cardiac evaluation studies including cardiac catheterization from 1½ to 3 years postoperatively. Thirteen patients had normal cardiac hemodynamics. In only two patients was there evidence of incomplete hemodynamic improvement even though marked clinical improvement was gained.
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