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Indian J Pediatr. 2005 Feb;72(2):181.

Balloon dilatation of pulmonary valve in Tetralogy of Fallot's.

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Department of Cardiology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi, India.


In some children of Tetralogy of Fallot's (TOF) presenting with progressive cyanosis, are palliative Blalock-Taussing (BT) shunt may be required. There are no reports of this modality of management in India, though this has been practiced in the other countries. The author reports an infant with Tetralogy of Fallot's who successfully underwent ballon dilatation of the pulmonary valve. Review of literature shows 332 patients with TOF undergoing pulmonary valve balloon dilatation as an alternative to BT shunt in 12 studies with significant increase in pulmonary artery 'Z' score and low incidence of conversion to shunt. This modality of management should be considered in selected patients to change a palliative surgery to an intervention.

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