Palliative Surgery in Tricuspid Atresia
Forty-two children diagnosed as having tricuspid atresia with diminished pulmonary blood flow are discussed. Palliative shunt surgery was done in each of these children. None of the eight infants who weighed less than 10 lb. at the time of operation survived. In 17 operations on infants who weighed between 10 and 15 lb. there were four operative and four late deaths. Glenn's operation is practicable and has been found relatively satisfactory in this group. In 21 operations on children who weighed above 15 lb. there were no operative deaths and one late death. The 17 children aged over 1 year at the time of operation are alive. In one child heart failure followed a Potts anastomosis, but regressed after Glenn's operation.
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