Transplantation in the Fontan patient.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • The failing Fontan circulation presents difficult treatment challenges. When Fontan revision and or intervention for treatable arrhythmias is not feasible, heart transplantation is the only therapeutic option. Particular challenges presented by these patients include limited ability to assess hemodynamics, complex anatomy, multiple prior procedures, and unique underlying pathologic states. These issues complicate the decision-making process for further surgical intervention verses transplantation. The pre-transplant evaluation, transplant operation, and post-operative management are more problematic for these patients compared with most patients undergoing transplantation. Consequently, failing Fontan patients constitute one of the highest risk heart transplant subsets.
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    Keywords

  • Fontan Procedure, Heart Defects, Congenital, Heart Transplantation, Humans, Patient Selection, Reoperation, Treatment Failure
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    Author List

  • Mauchley DC; Mitchell MB
  • Start Page

  • 7
  • End Page

  • 16
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 1