Geometric ring annuloplasty was a safe and effective adjunct to aortic valve repair. Initial correction of annular dilatation seemed to facilitate overall reconstruction. Because most early repair failures were technical, increasing experience with geometric ring annuloplasty for aortic valve reconstruction has the potential to standardize and improve outcomes.
The use of the Deltastream DP3 seems to be safe and effective for MCS in children and may show a low degree of haemolysis. We observed no system-related complications and an overall good outcome in this demanding patient cohort.
AVWS is detected in half of the children with high intra- or extracardiac stenoses and resolves completely after surgical or interventional repair. Even when undergoing surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass, excessive surgical site bleeding was not detected in our study patients.
Long-term survivors' health-related quality of life as reported by their parents is lower than that of healthy children. However, the self-assessed health-related quality of life of the patients older than 12 years in our group is comparable to a healthy control population.
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