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Balloon dilatation of the pulmonary valve in the first year of life in patients with tetralogy of Fallot: a preliminary study.
  1. S A Qureshi,
  2. C R Kirk,
  3. R K Lamb,
  4. R Arnold,
  5. J L Wilkinson
  1. Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital.


    Fifteen infants with tetralogy of Fallot, who would otherwise have required a palliative operation, underwent balloon dilatation of the right ventricular outflow tract. The mean period of palliation was 8.5 months (range 0-26 months). The procedure was performed without serious complications on 88% of occasions. This preliminary study suggests that balloon dilatation may be useful in the management of tetralogy of Fallot.

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