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Cardiol Young. 2014 Oct;24(5):866-71. doi: 10.1017/S1047951113001194. Epub 2013 Oct 8.

Congenital heart disease in 37,294 births in Tunisia: birth prevalence and mortality rate.

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  • 11Cardiology Department,Hedi Chaker Hospital,Sfax,Tunisia.
  • 22Department of Pediatrics,Hedi Chaker Hospital,Sfax,Tunisia.
  • 33Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,Hedi Chaker Hospital,Sfax,Tunisia.
  • 44Pediatric Intensive Care Unit,Hedi Chaker Hospital,Sfax,Tunisia.
  • 55Department of Forensic Medicine,Habib Bourguiba Hospital,Sfax,Tunisia.
  • 66Department of Epidemiology,Hedi Chaker Hospital,Sfax,Tunisia.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the previously unknown birth incidence, treatment, and mortality of children with congenital heart disease in Tunisia.

METHODS:

We undertook a retrospective review of medical records of all patients who were born in 2010 and 2011, and were diagnosed in Sfax (Tunisia) with congenital heart defect.

RESULTS:

Among 37,294 births, 255 children were detected to have congenital heart disease, yielding a birth incidence of 6.8 per 1000. The most frequently occurring conditions were ventricular septal defects (31%), ostium secundum atrial septal defects (12.9%), and pulmonary valve abnormalities (12%). Coarctation of the aorta, tetralogy of Fallot, univentricular physiology, pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect, and transposition of the great arteries were found in 4.3%, 6.2%, 3.4%, 2.7%, and 2.7%, respectively. During the follow-up of 1 year, 23% of the children died. About three-quarters of those deaths happened before surgery.

CONCLUSION:

The present study is in line with the general estimates in the world. It has revealed a high case of mortality among the patients awaiting corrective surgery. These children need more facilities.

PMID:
24103727
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