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Findings from new echocardiographic techniques concerning ventricular remodelling and function in the functionally univentricular heart

  • Giuseppe Pacileo (a1), Giovanni Di Salvo (a1), Alessandra Rea (a1) and Raffaele Calabrò (a1)
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Those patients with functionally univentricular hearts are the ones in which surgical repair so as to produce biventricular circulations is deemed impossible, despite the fact that in most instances there are two ventricles within the ventricular mass. Before the era of the Fontan procedure, the typical course of patients with such functionally univentricular arrangements consisted of cardiac failure and death within the first year of life. Despite the advent of effective palliative therapy, ventricular dysfunction remains a significant clinical problem for these patients.

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Correspondence to: Giuseppe Pacileo MD, Via Romaniello, 12, Napoli 80129, Italy. Tel: +39 81 706 2852; Fax: +39 81 706 4275; E-mail: gpacile@tin.it
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Cardiology in the Young
  • ISSN: 1047-9511
  • EISSN: 1467-1107
  • URL: /core/journals/cardiology-in-the-young
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