Double-Outlet Right Ventricle Without Pulmonic Stenosis
Surgical Considerations and Results of Operation
The results of complete repair of double-outlet right ventricle without pulmonic stenosis in 18 Mayo Clinic patients are analyzed; the over-all operative mortality rate was 22%. Pulmonary vascular obstructive disease and a second ventricular septal defect of the atrioventricular canal type were associated with a higher mortality rate. The difficulties in the diagnosis of this uncommon condition are emphasized.
Patients with double-outlet right ventricle without pulmonic stenosis should have complete repair early in life before the onset of severe pulmonary vascular obstructive disease-the only specific contraindication to operation. Pulmonary artery banding may be preferable as a first-stage palliative procedure in infants less than six months old who do not respond to medical therapy.
- © 1971 American Heart Association, Inc.