OBJECTIVE: Aortopulmonary window is a rare congenital malformation involving a window-like communication between the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery. Here, we present our experience regarding the surgical repair of an aortopulmonary window, and also assess the long-term outcome. METHODS: Thirteen children with an aortopulmonary window associated with various congenital lesions underwent a repair of the defect. The age at operation ranged from 3 days to 1 year (median age, 19 days). The patient's weight ranged from 2.1 to 7.0 kg (mean weight, 3.6 kg). The associated lesions included an interrupted aortic arch (5 patients), a ventricular septal defect (2), an atrial septal defect (1), mitral valve regurgitation (1), and tricuspid atresia [Ic] with mitral valve regurgitation (1). The aortopulmonary window was repaired with a cardiopulmonary bypass in 11 patients, and 2 patients were ligated without a cardiopulmonary bypass. RESULTS: One patient associated with tricuspid atresia died (mortality rate of 7.7%). There has been no late death during a mean follow-up of 7 years and 3 months. CONCLUSIONS: The surgical results for an aortopulmonary window are encouraging, even if such patients are associated with major cardiac anomalies and an interrupted aortic arch. Most have shown a good long-term outcome.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||The Japanese journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery : official publication of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery = Nihon Kyōbu Geka Gakkai zasshi|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine