Maternal hyperoxygenation and foetal cardiac MRI in the assessment of the borderline left ventricle.

Published on Aug 1, 2015in Cardiology in The Young1
· DOI :10.1017/S1047951114001802
Sharon Borik3
Estimated H-index: 3
(U of T: University of Toronto),
Christopher K. Macgowan27
Estimated H-index: 27
(U of T: University of Toronto),
Mike Seed23
Estimated H-index: 23
(U of T: University of Toronto)
Using phase-contrast MRI in a foetus with borderline left ventricular hypoplasia at 37 weeks' gesta- tion we showed an increase in pulmonary blood flow during maternal hyperoxygenation. The associated increase in venous return to the left atrium, however, resulted in reversal of the atrial shunt, with no improvement in left ventricular output. The child initially underwent single ventricle palliation with a neonatal hybrid procedure, but following postnatal growth of the left ventricle tolerated conversion to a biventricular circulation at 5 months of age. We conclude that when there is significant restriction of filling or outflow obstruction across the left heart, neither prenatal nor postnatal acute pulmonary vasodilation can augment left ventricular output enough to support a biventricular circulation. Chronic pulmonary vasodilation may stimulate the growth of the left-sided structures allowing biventricular repair, raising the intriguing question of whether chronic maternal oxygen therapy might obviate the need for neonatal single ventricle pallation in the setting of borderline left ventricular hypoplasia.
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