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Congenital heart disease in the neonate: results of surgical treatment.
  1. E L Bove,
  2. C Bull,
  3. J Stark,
  4. M de Leval,
  5. F J Macartney,
  6. J F Taylor


    All 212 neonates undergoing cardiac surgery at this hospital during the 5-year period from 1976 to 1980 inclusive were reviewed. Forty required open heart surgery with 23 (57%) deaths. One hundred and seventy-four neonates underwent non-bypass procedures and could be divided into three groups: group 1 (82 patients) had inadequate pulmonary blood flow, group 2 (33 patients) had increased pulmonary blood flow or inadequate mixing, and group 3 (59 patients) had coarctation of the aorta, alone or with associated lesions. Forty-four (25%) of the neonates undergoing non-bypass procedures died. Two required bypass surgery later in the first month of life. Metabolic acidosis and the need for preoperative respiratory support were appreciably greater in non-surviving patients. The spectrum of diagnoses encountered and types of operative procedures performed are analysed.

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