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ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 15, Issue 2 (2019)

Article Abstract

149 Fontan Conversions


Article Citation:

Backer CL, Mavroudis C. 149 Fontan Conversions. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2019;15(2):105-10.

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Abstract

Patients with a functionally univentricular heart who have had an atriopulmonary Fontan are at risk for atrial dilatation, atrial arrhythmias, and progressive circulatory failure. Between 1994 and 2018, we performed 149 Fontan conversions with arrhythmia surgery and epicardial pacemaker placement at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. This operation converts the atriopulmonary Fontan to an extracardiac Fontan that improves hemodynamics and controls the atrial arrhythmias. Operative mortality during that time was 2%, and freedom from death or heart transplant at 10 years is 84%. For properly selected patients, Fontan conversion improves both survival and quality of life.

Patients with an atriopulmonary Fontan constitute an eroding population, as they face many comorbidities and have a decreased life expectancy without treatment; therefore, all patients with an atriopulmonary Fontan should be evaluated for this procedure.

Keywords
congenital heart surgery , Fontan conversion , atriopulmonary Fontan , arrhythmia , atrial fibrillation , tricuspid atresia , protein-losing enteropathy , epicardial pacemaker , cryoablation