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The Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (WCPCCS) will be held in Washington DC, USA, from Saturday, 26 August, 2023 to Friday, 1 September, 2023, inclusive. The Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery will be the largest and most comprehensive scientific meeting dedicated to paediatric and congenital cardiac care ever held. At the time of the writing of this manuscript, The Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery has 5,037 registered attendees (and rising) from 117 countries, a truly diverse and international faculty of over 925 individuals from 89 countries, over 2,000 individual abstracts and poster presenters from 101 countries, and a Best Abstract Competition featuring 153 oral abstracts from 34 countries. For information about the Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, please visit the following website: [www.WCPCCS2023.org]. The purpose of this manuscript is to review the activities related to global health and advocacy that will occur at the Eighth World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery.
Acknowledging the need for urgent change, we wanted to take the opportunity to bring a common voice to the global community and issue the Washington DC WCPCCS Call to Action on Addressing the Global Burden of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases. A copy of this Washington DC WCPCCS Call to Action is provided in the Appendix of this manuscript. This Washington DC WCPCCS Call to Action is an initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the global burden, promoting the development of sustainable care systems, and improving access to high quality and equitable healthcare for children with heart disease as well as adults with congenital heart disease worldwide.
Abnormal small fistulous flows in the pulmonary artery were detected on routine transthoracic echocardiography in asymptomatic patients by colour Doppler echocardiography. The most likely diagnosis is small coronary artery-pulmonary artery fistulas. We evaluated the clinical, echocardiographic, and follow-up findings of 101 patients. The mean age at first echocardiographic evaluation was 4.3 ± 4.2 years. In 79 (78.2%) of the patients, fistula flow in the pulmonary artery was diagnosed at the first presentation and the remaining 22 patients (21.8%) were diagnosed between the 2nd and 10th examination. The echocardiography indication was cardiac murmur in 42 (41.6%), routine cardiac control in 30 (29.7%), additional CHD in 14 (13.8%), non-specific chest pain in 11 (10.9%), suspicion of inflammatory heart disease in 2 (2%), and syncope in 2 (2%) patients. In 70 (69.3%) patients, fistulous flow was located in the anterior aspect of the main pulmonary artery, in 23 (22.8%) patients on the aortic side of the pulmonary artery and in 8 (7.9%) patients on the right pulmonary artery. Additional cardiac anomalies were ventricular septal defect in 8, patent ductus arteriosus in 6, atrial septal defect in 5, mitral valve prolapse in 4, coarctation of aorta in 4, bicuspid aortic valve in 3, and Kawasaki syndrome in 1 patient. Sixty-four patients (63.3%) were followed during a mean of 52.6 ± 43.7 months. Spontaneous closure was detected in only three patients; the others remained almost unchanged during the follow-up. Since the fistulas are thin and hemodynamically insignificant, echocardiography is an appropriate method to monitor these patients without performing any invasive diagnostic procedures for the fistula source.
Patent ductus arteriosus occluders are used for transcatheter closure of ventricular septal defects, as well as for closure of patent ductus arteriosus. The Occlutech Duct Occluder is a newly introduced device for transcatheter closure of patent ductus arteriosus. Here, we present a case in which the Occlutech Duct Occluder was successfully used on a patient for the closure of a perimembraneous ventricular septal defect.
Between January 1989 and March 1993, total correction was performed in 99 patients with tetralogy of Fallot without submitting them to prior cardiac catheterization. The age of the patients ranged from 1.33 to 18 years (mean 5.33±3.77). After complete echocardiographic examination, the diameters of the right and left pulmonary arteries at the prebranching point and the descending thoracic aorta at the diaphragm were measured by cross-sectional echocardiography and the McGoon ratio was calculated. Total correction was performed in all patients with a McGoon ratio greater than 1.7. In none of the patients were the sizes of the pulmonary artery measured by echocardiography smaller than the measurements obtained during surgery. Transannular patching was performed in 76 patients. A conduit from the right ventricle to the pulmonary arteries was constructed in two patients with coronary arterial anomalies. Postrepair right ventricular to left ventricular systolic pressure ratios were between 0.25 and 0.85 (mean 0.54±0.13). There were two hospital deaths, neither being related to the diagnostic method used nor the criteria for surgery. We conclude that the diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot together with measurements of pulmonary arteries and descending thoracic aorta can safely and reliably be achieved echocardiographically. The McGoon ratio can be adapted to echocardiography and total correction can be performed successfully based on echocardiographic examination.
In a 4-year-old boy with severe mitral regurgitation, cross sectional echocardiography combined with Doppler interrogation confirmed the presence of isolated perforation of the aortic leaflet of the mitral valve. The perforation was closed with a patch of fresh autologous pericardium. Serial echocardiograms taken postoperatively showed no regurgitation across the mitral valve.
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