Alternatives in biventricular repair of double-outlet left ventricle

Serafin Y. DeLeon*, E. Phillip Ow, Pipit Chiemmongkoltip, Dolores A. Vitullo, Jose A. Quinones, Elizabeth A. Fisher, Saroja Bharati, Michel N. Ilbawi, Roque Pifarré

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Wide variation in morphology of double-outlet left ventricle allows numerous surgical alternatives that require sorting out to develop a more organized approach. There is a high association between tricuspid abnormalities and right ventricular hypoplasia with double-outlet left ventricle that calls for either Fontan-type procedure or biventricular repair. With pulmonic stenosis, biventricular repair has been accomplished using right-sided conduits. When pulmonic stenosis is mild or absent, repair techniques without conduits depend on the commitment of the ventricular septal defect (VSD). With subaortic VSD and mild pulmonic valvar stenosis, we successfully performed translocation of the main pulmonary artery and valve to the right ventricle on 2 patients (ages 32 and 8 months). Both patients are doing well 2 years and 1 year postoperatively. Others have successfully connected the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery with intraventricular baffle by enlarging a subaortic VSD or when the VSD is either subpulmonic or doubly committed. With subaortic VSD, although it has not been reported, biventricular repair can also be accomplished using a right ventricle-to-aorta baffle combined by either atrial or arterial switch. We believe that a simplified management plan can be formed in double outlet left ventricle based on the size of the right ventricle, presence of pulmonic stenosis, and commitment of the VSD. Whenever possible, translocation of the main pulmonary artery and valve or intraventricular repair should be accomplished in double-outlet right ventricle minimizing the use of right-sided conduits and reoperation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalThe Annals of thoracic surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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