A suggested technique for 'orthotopic' heart transplantation in a patient with situs inversus

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Abstract

  • We describe a technique for 'orthotopic' heart transplantation in a patient with situs inversus. The left atrial, aortic, and pulmonary artery anastomoses were performed directly, in the usual manner. The recipient's right atrium was converted into a tunnel, and the donor's right atrium was left intact. Anastomoses were therefore required between the 2 inferior venae cavae (by direct end-to-end anastomosis) and the 2 superior venae cavae (necessitating the insertion of a Dacron graft). We suggest that even simpler techniques, perhaps not requiring the use of an artificial vascular prosthesis, are possible.
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  • Cooper DKC; Ye Y; Chaffin JS; Zuhdi N
  • Start Page

  • 281
  • End Page

  • 284
  • Volume

  • 20
  • Issue

  • 4