Non-transplant cardiac surgery for end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy in small children

Ron Bin Hsu, Robert J. Chen, Mei Hwan Wu, Jou Kou Wang, Shoei Shen Wang, Shu Hsun Chu

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Between October 1997 and December 2000, a total of 7 pediatric patients with end-stage dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) were referred to our service for heart transplantation; non-transplant cardiac surgery was offered as a biologic bridge. Two patients died before surgery and the in-hospital surgical mortality rate was 50%: 75% in 4 patients who received emergency surgery and 0% in 2 patients who received urgent surgery. Non-transplant cardiac surgery improved clinical outcome and acted as a biologic bridge, instead of a mechanical bridge, to heart transplantation in small children with DCM and severe heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


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