Partial and transient relief of conduit obstruction by low-pressure balloon dilation in patients with congenital heart disease.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Seven patients underwent attempted low pressure balloon dilation of stenotic conduits or homografts from right ventricle to pulmonary artery (n = 5), in the aortic valve position (n = 1), or from right atrium to left pulmonary artery (n = 1). In the right ventricle to pulmonary artery group, mean gradient reduction was only 17%. At follow-up, two patients underwent surgical conduit replacement, one had a stent implanted at cardiac catheterization, the other two are awaiting surgical intervention. The patient with a homograft in the aortic valve position had a good initial result but restenosed within 1 year and underwent a pulmonary autograft operation. The patient with the Fontan homograft stenosis had transient obstruction relief but subsequently required stent implantation. Low-pressure balloon dilation of conduits or homografts is only partially and transiently successful. Whether stent implantation will offer better long-term results remains to be determined.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sohn, S; Kashani, IA; Rothman, A

Published Date

  • January 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 40

PubMed ID

  • 7728849

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0098-6569

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ccd.1810340309


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States