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Am J Cardiol. 2004 Mar 15;93(6):801-3.

Effectiveness of cardiac surgery in trisomies 13 and 18 (from the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium).

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Charleston, South Carolina 29425, USA. atzam@musc.edu


Because of severely reduced lifespan in children with trisomies 13 and 18, surgical repair of congenital heart lesions has rarely been offered. With data from a multicenter registry, we report 35 cases of cardiac surgery in infants and children with trisomy 13 or 18 with a 91% hospital survival rate. Those patients without an extended preoperative ventilatory requirement did not require prolonged mechanical ventilation after surgery.

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