Open heart surgery in the first six months of life

O. Alfieri, T. Bianchi, G. Locatelli, V. Vanini, L. Parenzan

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Intracardiac repair of a variety of cardiac anomalies was performed in 104 infants aged 10 days to 6 mo, presenting with severe hypoxia and/or intractable heart failure. Thirty-eight patients (33 less than three mo of age) did not survive the operation or died during the first postoperative month. Above 6 mo of age, correction of heart defects is often carried out on an elective basis, and results are more favorable. A more convenient choice between corrective and palliative procedures is suggested to achieve better results in the difficult group of patients who require surgery within the first 6 mo of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-120
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1977


  • Cardiac anomalies, congenital
  • cardiac surgery in infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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