Congenital heart disease

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Congenital heart disease, abbreviated CHD, is a niche area of cardiac pathology, which is a subset of cardiovascular pathology.

Paediatric cardiac surgery

Norwood procedure


  • LHHS - following birth.


  • Pulmonary artery is attached to the aorta.
  • The lungs are perfused by a Blalock-Taussig shunt (subclavian artery -> pulmonary artery) or a Sano shunt (single ventricle -> synthetic conduit -> pulmonary artery).


Hybrid procedure
  • Is an alternative to the Norwood procedure.
  • It is call hybrid procedure as it is a mix of a surgery and a minimally invasive interventional procedure.[1]

Key elements:[2]

  1. Stent the ductus arteriosus (interventional cardiology/interventional radiology).
  2. Band the pulmonary artery - to reduce the pulmonary pressure (cardiac surgery).


  • It appears to be associated with more GI complications.[3]

Bidirectional Glenn Shunt

  • AKA bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt (BCPS), AKA hemi-Fontan procedure, AKA bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis (BDCPA).[4]


  • LHHS - following Norwood procedure, reduce work done by the heart; usu. done at age 4 to 6 months.


  • The superior vena cava (SVC) is hooked-up to the right pulmonary artery.[5]
  • The conduit connecting the ventricle and lungs (Blalock-Taussig shunt or Sano shunt) is disconnected.


Fontan procedure

  • De-oxygenated blood bypasses the heart en route to the lungs.
  • Usually done at age 2-4 years.[4]

There is the original Fontan procedure and two variants:

  • Atriopulmonary connection (the original) - right atrial appendage connected to (proximal) right pulmonary artery.[6]
  • Intracardiac total cavopulmonary connection (lateral tunnel).
  • Extracardiac total cavopulmonary connection.



  • Fontan procedure cannot be done in a newborn as the pulmonary vascular bed resistance is too high.[6]

Shunts - overview

Most shunts are a consequence of congenital heart disease. They can be grouped into left-to-right and right-to-left.


Mnemonic the Ds:[7]

  • ASD = atrial septal defect.
  • VSD = ventricular septal defect.
  • AVSD = atrioventricular defect.
  • PDA = patent ductus arteriosus.

Note: The word Left has four letters and there are four L->R shunts.


Mnemonic 5 Ts:[8]

  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF).
  • Transposition of great arteries.
  • Truncus arteriosus.
  • Tricuspid valve atresia.
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return.


  • These babies are blue, as the blood partially bypasses the lung and/or oxygenated blood is mixed with de-oxygenated blood.
  • TOF is the classic cause of "blue babies".


Ventricular septal defect

  • Abbreviated VSD.


  • Common serious congenital heart defect.
    • Most common congenital defect = bicuspid aortic valve.[9]
  • Often associated with other cardiac abnormalities, e.g. Tetralogy of Fallot.
    • 20-30% of VSDs are isolated.[10]


  1. Membranous VSD ~ 90%.
    • Near aortic valve.
  2. Muscular VSD ~ 10%.


  • Significance dependent on:
    • Size - large ones require an intervention, e.g. surgery.
    • Concurrent/associated pathology.

Atrial septal defect

  • Abbreviated ASD.


  • May be seen in adults.
  • Classically a left-to-right shunt.
    • Leads to RV dilation.[11]


  • Fixed S2 split.



  1. Ostium secundum
    • Between SVC and IVC.
  2. Ostium primum
    • Between SVC and IVC. Closer to RV.
  3. Sinus venosus.
    • May be subdivided into:
      • Upper sinus venosus defect - at SVC.
      • Lower sinus venosus defect - at IVC.


  • The ostium secundum are the most common and usually found in isolation, i.e. there are not other associated abnormalities.

Eisenmenger syndrome


Definition - all of the following:[13]

  1. Pulmonary arterial hypertension.
  2. Right-to-left shunt (that was initially left-to-right).
  3. Cyanosis.


  • ASD - rarely causes Eisenmenger syndrome.
  • VSD.
  • Extra-cardiac shunt.

Note: Eisenmenger syndrome, by definition in some sources, is (only) due to a VSD.


End-stage disease:[14]

  • Often characterized by fibrinoid necrosis of small pulmonary arterial vessels (arterioles & small arteries).


Tetralogy of Fallot

  • Abbreviated TOF.


  • Most common cause of a blue baby.


  • Abnormal septation of the truncus arteriosus.



  • Right ventricular hypertrophy.
  • Right ventricular outflow tract obstruction.
  • Overriding aorta.
  • VSD (ventricular septal defect).


  • Overriding aorta = aorta has a biventricular connection --takes blood from the right ventricle.
  • Right ventricular outflow tract obstruction is usually subpulmonic stenosis.

Transposition of the great vessels

  • AKA transposition of the great arteries.


  • Aorta and pulmonary trunk hooked-up to the wrong ventricle.
    • Survivable after birth only if there is a functional shunt, e.g. (persistent) patent ductus arteriosus and/or atrial septal defect.
    • When the ductus arteriosus closes they are in trouble.

Total anomalous pulmonary venous return

  • AKA total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (TAPVD).
  • Abbreviated TAPVR.


  • Pulmonary veins do not attach to left atrium.
  • Classified by where the veins attach - which is predictive of outcome.[15][16]
  • Treatment: surgical repair (Coles procedure).[17] (???)


Ebstein anomaly


  • Often right-to-left shunt - as it is seen with an atrial septal defect (ASD).
  • Tricuspid incompetence -> right atrial enlargement.[18]
  • Weak association with maternal lithium use.[19]

Left hypoplastic heart syndrome

  • Abbreviated LHHS.



  • Physiologically inadequate left ventricle.

Key characteristic:[21]


  • Mitral stenosis.
  • Left ventricular hypoplasia.


  • Turner syndrome.
  • Noonan syndrome - sometimes called "male version of Turner syndrome".
  • Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.
  • Holt-Oram syndrome.[22]

Splenic abnormalities

Asplenia is associated with cardiac abnormalities:[23]

For completeness... polyspenia associations:[23]

  • Polyspenia = Girls, Good prognosis, Gastrointestinal situs inversus.

Cor pulmonale

Heart disease due to pulmonary disease.

Causes - incomplete list:[24]

Pulmonary hypertension

Pressure - definition:[13]

  • Mean pulmonary arterial pressure >25 mmHg at rest.

See also


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