Transaortic occlusion of collateral arteries to the lung by detachable valved balloons in a patient with tetralogy of Fallot.
A 5-year-old boy with tetralogy of Fallot, near-atresia of the right ventricular outflow tract and large collateral arteries to the lungs underwent an infundibulectomy without closure of the ventricular septal defect. Further surgery required preliminary reduction of the collateral circulation. The collateral arteries were successfully occluded by metrizimide-filled balloons. There was no change in arterial oxygen saturation, nor were there any complications. This new technique has significant advantages over existing alternatives.
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