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featured congenital cardiac brief reports from the new
AATS Journal, JTCVS Techniques. To read
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SCIMITAR SYNDROME: INVITED EXPERT OPINION
threatening the heart: The scimitar syndrome
Vladimiro L.Vida MD, PhD, Alvise
review deals with the natural and surgical history of
patients with scimitar syndrome, describing the
clinical presentation and possible results based on the
choice of treatment.
Scimitar syndrome: Cutting through the details
L. Herrmann MD, John W. Brown MD
This state-of-the-art, comprehensive
review offers detailed insights into the
pathophysiology, diagnosis, and surgical management
of scimitar syndrome.
SCIMITAR SYNDROME FEATURED VIDEO
Video showing the surgical
correction of a patient with scimitar syndrome by
direct reimplantation in the left atrium via a right
TETRALOGY OF FALLOT: IMAGING
A road map for
collaterals: Use of 3-dimensional techniques in tetralogy
of Fallot pulmonary atresia with major aortopulmonary
Reena M. Ghosh MD, Christopher E.
Mascio MD, Elizabeth Silvestro MSE, Michael L. O'Byrne
MD, MSCE, Kevin K. Whitehead MD, PhD
present an innovative 3D visualization strategy for
preoperative planning in patients with tetralogy of
Fallot pulmonary atresia MAPCA.
The road map for collaterals—A scenic route from the
Abbey Road to the operating theater?
S. Naimo MD, Igor E. Konstantinov MD, PhD, FRACS
A 3-dimensional interactive imaging
reconstruction can be helpful in patients with
pulmonary atresia and major aortopulmonary
On the road toward routine use of 3-dimensional
techniques in complex congenital surgery
Biglino PhD, Massimo Caputo MD, FRCS
Three-dimensional (3D) technologies
can aid in planning congenital surgeries and are
increasingly being translated into clinical
practice, including the use of physical 3D-printed
models but also agile visualization tools such as
3D .pdf files.
TETRALOGY OF FALLOT FEATURED VIDEO
Video Legend: On-screen recording
of 3D PDF manipulation of patient 3's anatomic
reconstruction. Blue: cardiac mass. Turquoise: aorta
and MAPCAs. Green: confluent branch pulmonary arteries.
Silver: trachea and mainstem bronchi.
MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT: CASE
Septal Hematoma Complicating Placement of a Ventricular
Assist Device in an Infant and Support with Bi-atrial
Brian R. White MD, PhD, Jill J.
Savla MD, MSCE, Danielle S. Burstein MD, Christopher E.
Mascio MD, Matthew J. O’Connor MD, Anita L. Szwast MD,
Lindsay S. Rogers MD
septal hematoma is a possible complication of VAD
placement. Echocardiographers and surgeons should be
alert to the possibility. Atrial cannulation is viable
In a Disappointing Outcome, Much Can Be Learned
Thangappan MD, David L.S. Morales MD
An expanding septal hematoma
complicating LVAD placement warrants immediate
action and converting to a BiVAD via atrial
cannulation would commonly be agreed upon as the
next logical step.
A failure unhidden is an unfinished success
MD, David Bichell MD
Interventricular septal hematomas
are rare following ventricular assist device
placement. Alternative cannulation strategies may
help avoid this devastating complication.
MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT FEATURED
Video Legend: Apical four-chamber
view from a transthoracic echocardiogram performed at
presentation demonstrating the diagnosis of dilated
cardiomyopathy. There is severely decreased
biventricular function with severe left ventricular
dilation (left ventricular ejection fraction: 12%).
TRANSPLANTATION: CASE REPORT
pediatric heart transplant and Nuss procedure in a
patient with Marfan syndrome
Teimour Nasirov MD, John C. Dykes
MD, Matias Bruzoni MD, Katsuhide Maeda MD
describe the first combined pediatric orthotopic heart
transplant and Nuss procedure in a patient with Marfan
Two birds with one stone: Combining procedures can be
better than staging
Combining major cardiac procedures
can often increase morbidity; however, in select
patient populations, combining procedures can
actually offer benefit that reduces overall
morbidity and mortality.
Mus uni non fidit antro…use of the modified Nuss to
facilitate transplant in patients with pectus excavatum
Eckhauser MD, MS
Repair of pectus excavatum using a
modified Nuss procedure during concomitant heart
transplant is feasible and can creatively
facilitate broadening the organ-donor pool.