The Congenital Heart Surgeons Society multi-institutional study: pulmonary ventricle-pulmonary artery conduits in infants and young children

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Marshall Jacobs, MD
Congenital Heart Surgeons Society

Dr. Jacobs and his colleagues at the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society plan to perform a multi-institutional study evaluating the outcome of various types of pulmonary ventricle-to pulmonary artery conduits. A common congenital heart defect is Pulmonary Artresia where there is no valve between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery. The surgical repair of these infants often requires placement of a valved conduit from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. There are several different types of valved conduits currently in use and this is one of the more common operations performed by heart surgeons.

The objectives of this study are to determine (1) best conduit for infants and young children and (2) the optimal conduit for replacement of previous conduits.

The Congenital Heart Surgeons Society is a group of 70 surgeons from 40 university-based hospitals who share a common interest in the surgery of congenital heart malformations. This Society has been very productive in performing these multi-institutional studies which are able to gather a significant amount of data on relatively rare congenital hearts defects. The goal of this study is to identify the best conduit for children.

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