Pediatric Surgery

Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices: New Horizons in Medical and Surgical Fontan Management 2017

July 04, 2017

Physicians from the Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute discuss the long-term care of single ventricle patients from infancy to adulthood, including new insights on Fontan management and quality of life.

During this session, Dr. Angela Lorts, Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device Program, discusses ventricular assist devices and transplantation. Topics discussed include early versus late Fontan failure, increased waitlist time and mortality, underestimation of degree of illness based on standard listing criteria, increased risk for early graft failure, increased death from sepsis, risk for bleeding, and resolution of PLE in survivors, and making the patients better transplant candidates with ventricular assist device.

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