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Long-term outcome after atrial correction for transposition of the great arteries


Objective This study assessed adult survival and morbidity patterns in patients who underwent atrial correction according to Mustard or Senning for transposition of the great arteries (TGA).

Methods In 76 adult patients with TGA (59% male) after atrial correction, long-term survival and morbidity were investigated in three periods: early (<15 years postoperatively), midterm (15–30 years postoperatively) and late (>30 years postoperatively).

Results The Mustard technique was performed in 41 (54%) patients, and the Senning technique was performed in 35 (46%) patients aged 3.1 (IQR: 2.1–3.8) and 1.0 (IQR: 0.6–3.1; p<0.01) years, respectively. Adult survival was 82% at 39.7 (IQR: 35.9–42.4) years postoperatively and exceeded 50 years in four patients. Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) occurred in 51% of patients. The incidences of ventricular arrhythmia (0%, 8% and 13%; p<0.01), heart failure (0%, 5% and 19%; p<0.01) and surgical reinterventions (0%, 5% and 11%; p=0.01) increased from early to late follow-up. At last follow-up, RV function was depressed in 31 (46%) patients, and New York Heart Association functional class was ≥2 in 34 (48%) patients. Bradyarrhythmia, SVT and ventricular arrhythmia were associated with depressed RV function (OR: 4.47, 95% CI 1.50 to 13.28, p<0.01; OR: 3.74, 95% CI 1.26 to 11.14, p=0.02; OR: 14.40, 95% CI 2.80 to 74.07, p<0.01, respectively) and worse functional capacity (OR: 2.10, 95% CI 0.75 to 5.82, p=0.16; OR: 2.87, 95% CI 1.06 to 7.81, p=0.04; OR: 8.47, 95% CI 1.70 to 42.10, p<0.01, respectively).

Conclusions In adult patients with TGA, survival was 82% at 39.7 (IQR: 35.9–42.4) years after atrial correction. Morbidity was high and included SVT as most frequent adverse event. Ventricular arrhythmias, heart failure and surgical reinterventions were common during late follow-up. Adverse events were associated with depressed right ventricle function and reduced functional class.

  • transposition of the great arteries
  • complex congenital heart disease

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