Stent implantation into a totally occluded Blalock-Taussig shunt [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(2): 147-149 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2011.00987

Stent implantation into a totally occluded Blalock-Taussig shunt

Selman Vefa Yıldırım
Baskent University, Adana Research And Medical Teaching Center, Pediatric Cardiology Section, Adana, Turkey

Stent implantation into a ductusarteriosus or systemic-pulmonary shunt is a relatively new but infrequent approach for palliation. A 22-month-old boy with a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt for tetralogy of Fallot was admitted with severe cyanosis. Echocardiographic examination showed complete occlusion of the shunt. Initial balloon angioplasty resulted in reocclusion of the shunt by acute thrombosis. Finally, recanalization was achieved by stent implantation. Oxygen saturation of the patient increased from 32% to 92% following stenting. He was discharged on aspirin therapy.

Keywords: Child, cyanosis/etiology; graft occlusion, vascular/therapy; heart defects, congenital pulmonary circulation; stents

How to cite this article
Selman Vefa Yıldırım. Stent implantation into a totally occluded Blalock-Taussig shunt. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2011; 39(2): 147-149

Corresponding Author: Selman Vefa Yıldırım, Türkiye
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