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World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2013 Apr;4(2):182-5. doi: 10.1177/2150135112471353.

The paediatric cardiac centre for Africa--proceedings of the March 2012 symposium.

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The Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa, Sunninghill Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa.


The Pediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa (PCCA) was opened by national patron Mr Nelson Mandela on November 7, 2003. In 2008, the Centre's international pediatric cardiac symposium was introduced as a learning forum for pediatric cardiac surgeons and cardiologists in the continent. The symposium has consistently grown in attendance and attracted distinguished leaders in the field. The 2012 symposium featured Dr. Thomas Spray of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. David Barron of Birmingham Children's Hospital, and Dr. John Brown of Indiana University School of Medicine as guest speakers. Experience of the Fontan procedure, the small aortic root, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction, transposition of the great arteries, and interrupted aortic arch were the highlights of the symposium. In the "African Corner," centers in South Africa, Ghana, and Angola presented work done from across the African continent.


Fontan; MAPCAs; aortic root; arterial switch operation

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