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a study of the fontan circulation and ventricular energetics based on a model

  • andrea ripoli (a1), sergio berti (a1), mattia glauber (a1), vittorio vanini (a1), vincenzo stefano luisi (a1) and andrea biagini (a1)...

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patients with congenitally malformed hearts characterised by a functionally single ventricle are currently treated using several procedures that bypass the right heart, such as the fontan and hemi-fontan operations, the bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis, and the total cavopulmonary connection. all these options are based on the procedures introduced for palliative correction of tricuspid atresia by fontan and baudet in 1971. introduced with the purpose of reducing the pre-operative volume overload, the surgical task mainly consists of separating the pulmonary from the systemic circulation. irrespective of the specific operation performed, we can call the resulting circulation the fontan circulation.

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correspondence to: andrea ripoli phd, national research council, institute of clinical physiology, “g. pasquinucci” hospital, interventional cardiology unit, via aurelia sud 54100, massa, italy. e-mail: ripoli@ifc.cnr.it

a study of the fontan circulation and ventricular energetics based on a model

  • andrea ripoli (a1), sergio berti (a1), mattia glauber (a1), vittorio vanini (a1), vincenzo stefano luisi (a1) and andrea biagini (a1)...

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