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Am J Cardiol. 2009 Nov 1;104(9):1276-9. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2009.06.047.

Comparison of impact of prenatal versus postnatal diagnosis of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries.

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Hospital for Sick Children, Labatt Family Heart Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. andrea.wan@utoronto.ca

Abstract

Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA) in the absence of major cardiac anomalies is thought to have a good outcome, although this has not been well documented. The objective of the present study was to compare the characteristics and outcomes of patients with a prenatal diagnosis of CCTGA to the characteristics and outcomes of those diagnosed postnatally. The optimal outcome was defined as intervention-free survival. All patients with CCTGA diagnosed prenatally and postnatally from 1999 to 2006 at 2 tertiary care institutions were reviewed. Patients with a single ventricle, heterotaxy, or valvar atresia were excluded. The differences between groups were assessed using the t test and chi-square test. A total of 54 patients (16 prenatal with 14 live born and 39 postnatal) were included. The patients diagnosed prenatally were diagnosed at a median gestational age of 20 weeks (range 16 to 37). Two deaths in each group were due to heart failure. The intervention-free survival rate for the prenatal and postnatal groups at 1, 6, and 36 months was 79%, 45%, and 30% and 85%, 61%, and 23%, respectively (p = NS). Of 37 patients, 14 (38%) underwent an arterial switch plus atrial baffling so that the morphologic left ventricle supported the systemic circulation, and 6 (16%) underwent repair of associated lesions so the morphologic right ventricle supported the systemic circulation; 4 (11%) of the 37 patients had pacemaker only. Prenatal patients with >1 fetal echocardiogram (12 of 14) did not have progression before birth. In conclusion, CCTGA has a >70% risk of intervention in the first 3 years after birth. The outlook is guarded and has an important effect on prenatal counseling.

PMID:
19840576
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjcard.2009.06.047
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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