Single ventricle heart disease is the leading cause of death for birth defects in children under one years of age . The current surgical procedure requires the use of a shunt for the first stage of the surgery. The following surgeries remove the shunt but cannot be performed on a newborn due to higher lung resistance during the first weeks of life. The overall surgical process, known as the Fontan procedure, results in a reconstructed anatomy where the left and right pulmonary arteries are sutured to the superior and inferior vena cavae (SVC/IVC), hence bypassing the right heart. This anatomy is called a total cavopulmonary connection or TCPC.
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Design of a Novel Cavopulmonary Assist Device for Fontan Procedures: CFD, PIV, and Hydraulic Testing
Kennington, JR, Frankel, S, Chen, J, Rodefeld, MD, & Giridharan, GA. "Design of a Novel Cavopulmonary Assist Device for Fontan Procedures: CFD, PIV, and Hydraulic Testing." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Naples, Florida, USA. June 16–19, 2010. pp. 243-244. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2010-19558
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