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Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jun;95(6):2171-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.10.077.

Interventricular septal hematoma after congenital cardiac surgery.

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  • 1Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.


Interventricular septal hematoma is a very rare complication after congenital heart surgery. We report our experience with 2 cases; 1 unsuccessful attempt in a child with a ventricular septal defect and 1 successful palliation in a child with tetralogy of Fallot. On comparison with previously reported results, children seem to have better outcomes than adults. While the first choice for a hemodynamically unstable patient is surgical revision, individualized therapy should also be considered.

Copyright © 2013 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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