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Double outlet ventricles: review of anatomic and imaging characteristics


Hearts with double outlet ventricles and concordant atrioventricular connections account for about 1%–3% of all cases of congenital heart disease. We review hearts with two ventricles and concordant atrioventricular connections with double outlet right ventricle (DORV), double outlet left ventricle (DOLV) and double outlet both ventricles (DOBV) from the morphological and clinical imaging perspectives. These hearts are a heterogeneous group of congenital cardiac malformations with a wide range of pathophysiologies that require an individualised surgical approach based on a precise understanding of the complex cardiovascular anatomy. Owing to their differing temporal, spatial and contrast resolutions, we propose that multimodality imaging provides optimal characterisation of various intracardiac morphological features of double outlet hearts. This approach aids clinical diagnosis for optimising treatment options across these malformations.

  • diagnostic imaging
  • echocardiography
  • computed tomography angiography

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