Pulmonary vascular disease complicating the Blalock Taussig anastomosis

P. J. Hofschire, G. C. Rosenquist, R. N. Ruckerman, J. H. Moller, J. E. Edwards

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The pulmonary vascular bed was evaluated following a Blalock-Taussig shunt performed in 36 patients for decreased pulmonary blood flow. The time of follow-up ranged from one to 21 yr after operation. No patients developed severe pulmonary changes in less than 8 yr after institution of the shunt. Ten of 20 patients having a shunt 8 yr or longer developed some degree of pulmonary vascular disease, mainly in the form of intimal fibrosis. This was severe in 6 of the 20 patients. As the duration of the shunt increased, so did the incidence of pulmonary vascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-126
Number of pages3
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1977


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