Total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) for complicated congenital heart malformations

E. Snir, E. Raanani, E. Birk, B. Zeevi, M. Berant, B. A. Vidne

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We reviewed our experience with 40 patients who had undergone total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) during the past three years. Thirty-one patients had functional single ventricle; only 8 of these with tricuspid atresia, five patients had complex forms of double outlet right ventricle (DORV), and four complex A-V canal. Previous palliative procedures, mostly systemic-pulmonic shunts, were performed in 34 patients. Concomitant procedures were required in 18 patients, mainly reconstruction of distorted pulmonary arteries. A subgroup of 14 high risk patients, that did not fulfil the classical Fontan criteria, underwent 4 mm fenestration of the intra-atrial baffle. There were three (7.5%) early postoperative deaths which occurred in the higher risk group (fenestrated group). However, the remaining patients were all in functional class I or II. Total cavopulmonary connection provides reasonably good definitive palliation for patients with single ventricle physiology. Fenestration of the intra-atrial baffle increases the number of candidates suitable for the Fontan procedure, although the exact inclusion criteria for these patients has yet to be defined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue numberSUPPL. 1-6
StatePublished - 1994


  • Heart defects, congenital
  • Total cavopulmonary connection


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