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Systemic thromboembolism leading to myocardial infarction and stroke after fenestrated total cavopulmonary connection.
  1. D. G. Wilson,
  2. J. D. Wisheart,
  3. A. G. Stuart
  1. Congenital Heart Disease Research Unit, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff.

    Abstract

    Thromboembolic phenomena involving the caval veins, right atrium, and pulmonary artery are recognised complications after the Fontan operation and other forms of total cavopulmonary connection. A rare case of systemic thromboembolism is reported in a 3 year old girl who had repeated coronary and cerebral thromboembolic events after a fenestrated total cavopulmonary shunt operation. A survey of the 18 paediatric cardiac units in the United Kingdom and Ireland showed a wide discrepancy in anticoagulation policies after Fontan-type operations. Prevention of thrombotic complications by lifelong postoperative anticoagulation may outweigh the risk of haemorrhage.

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