The management of infants with congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension with increased pulmonary blood flow has remained a challenge to both the cardiologist and the surgeon. The mortality in this group remains high despite a better understanding of the natural history of such lesions and the availability of various operative approaches. Controversy exists concerning the use of early total correction,1 palliation by pulmonary artery constriction,2 or medical management alone. During the past three years we have employed an aggressive approach toward pulmonary artery hypertension in infants by the application of pulmonary artery banding. The present report deals with the results of this method of management. Also included are a few patients operated upon prior to this time.
Clinical Material and Methods
The 40 infants treated ranged in age from seven days to 24 months (Table 1). Over half of these were under 6 months old and 72%
Boruchow I, Waldhausen JA, Miller WW, Rashkind WJ, Friedman S. Pulmonary Artery Hypertension in Infants With Congenital Heart DiseasePalliative Management by Pulmonary Artery Binding. Arch Surg. 1969;99(6):716-722. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1969.01340180040007