Role of Systemic to Pulmonary Artery Shunt after Cavopulmonary Anastomosis

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Abstract

Superior cavopulmonary anastomosis and total cavopulmonary anastomosis are the procedures of choice for the management of patients with a functionally univentricular heart. We review the various indications, sites, advantages, and complications of a systemic to pulmonary artery shunt after the creation of superior cavopulmonary anastomosis. Systemic pulmonary artery shunt may be useful as a palliative strategy in patients who have hypoxemia and completion of total cavopulmonary anastomosis is not feasible.

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