Suprasternal range-gated pulsed Doppler echocardiography was used to evaluate surgical shunt patency in children with cyanotic congenital heart disease and right ventricular outflow obstruction following systemic artery to pulmonary artery anastomoses. Normal patients had laminar Doppler auditory signals and time interval histogram flow patterns because right pulmonary artery turbulence was not present during systole or diastole. Patients with pulmonary valvar stenosis had turbulence during systole only. In all nine postoperative patients with surgical shunts, turbulent systolic and diastolic time interval histograms and abnormal auditory signals were present. A typical shunt murmur was not audible to auscultation in six of the postsurgical patients at the time of the study. Suprasternal range-gated pulsed Doppler echocardiography affords an accurate, safe and simple noninvasive bedside means for confirming shunt patency in patients who have undergone surgical systemic artery to pulmonary artery anastomoses.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health