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Diagnostic assessment before fontan operation in patients with bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis: are noninvasive methods sufficient?

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 20 years experience
Cath still standard: Much info can be obtained from advanced imaging like cardiac MRI & ct angiography. Yet cardiac cath remains the standard of care for a pre-fontan evaluation, allowing an assessment of pulmonary vascular resistance and ventricular end-diastolic pressures, important criteria not otherwise obtainable. Collateral circulation & pa anatomy can be assessed-->cath intervention also possible in some cases.
Dr. Alex Golden
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
Not traditionally: I don't believe so. There may be some programs that will experiment with noninvasive pre-fontan imaging, but i believe that this is risky. The pressures are obtainable only by catheterization and this data may change the operation (e.g., whether or not to fenestrate the fontan to allow a pop-off of blue blood to increase the cardiac output.) catheterization also allows presurgical interventions.

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