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Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation in a patient with the failing Fontan circulation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 December 2006

Ujjwal K. Chowdhury
Affiliation:
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Shyam S. Kothari
Affiliation:
Department of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Ganapathy K. Subramaniam
Affiliation:
Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Abstract

We report a 23-year-old patient undergoing functionally univentricular repair who developed cardiac failure due primarily to systemic ventricular dysfunction. The failing Fontan circulation was successfully re-established using intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. Aortic counterpulsation facilitates recovery of systemic ventricular function, and appears to be a reasonable alternative in select instances of cardiac failure in patients with the Fontan circulation.

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2007 Cambridge University Press

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