Critical aortic stenosis: Survival and management

A. N. Pelech, J. D. Dyck, G. A. Trusler, W. G. Williams, P. M. Olley, R. D. Rowe, R. M. Freedom

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The factors associated with survival in 40 neonates (age < 28 days) with critical aortic stenosis undergoing either open (22 patients) or closed (18 patients) transventricular aortic valvotomy were reviewed. Significant adverse correlates with survival included evidence of poor perfusion preoperatively (low pH, > Grade 2/6 soft ejection systolic murmur) and marked congestive heart failure (hepatomegaly, cardiomegaly, elevated left atrial pressure). Congenital mitral stenosis (anulus < 11 mm), a small aortic anulus (< 6.5 mm), and failure to achieve an adequate aortic orifice (> 6 mm), at operation were identified as factors associated with increased mortality. Initial perioperative survival was better with closed aortic valvotomy. However, there was no significant difference in overall operative survival between closed (9/18, 50%) and open (8/22, 36%) aortic valvotomy (p = 0.26). The incidence of early reoperation (< 1 year of age) was greater in perioperative survivors undergoing closed valvotomy (7/13, 54%) rather than open valvotomy (1/10, 10%) (p < 0.05). In conclusion, long-term survival among patients with critical neonatal aortic valve stenosis remains disturbingly low (13/40, 32%) and has not significantly improved over the past 20 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-517
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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