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Clinical application of three-dimensional printing to the management of complex univentricular hearts with abnormal systemic or pulmonary venous drainage*

  • Eimear McGovern (a1), Eoin Kelleher (a1), Aisling Snow (a2), Kevin Walsh (a1), Bassem Gadallah (a3), Shelby Kutty (a4), John M. Redmond (a3) and Colin J. McMahon (a1)...

In recent years, three-dimensional printing has demonstrated reliable reproducibility of several organs including hearts with complex congenital cardiac anomalies. This represents the next step in advanced image processing and can be used to plan surgical repair. In this study, we describe three children with complex univentricular hearts and abnormal systemic or pulmonary venous drainage, in whom three-dimensional printed models based on CT data assisted with preoperative planning. For two children, after group discussion and examination of the models, a decision was made not to proceed with surgery. We extend the current clinical experience with three-dimensional printed modelling and discuss the benefits of such models in the setting of managing complex surgical problems in children with univentricular circulation and abnormal systemic or pulmonary venous drainage.

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Correspondence to: Dr C. J. McMahon, MBBCh, FACC, Cardiac Department, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 409 6160; Fax: +353 1 409 6181; E-mail:
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This study was presented by Dr McMahon at the World Materialise Conference in Brussels on 23 April, 2015.

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