Blalock-Taussig shunt

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Related to Blalock-Taussig shunt: Blalock-Taussig operation, Norwood procedure

Bla·lock-Taus·sig shunt

(blā'lok taw'sig),
a palliative subclavian artery to pulmonary artery anastomosis.

Bla·lock-Taus·sig shunt

(blā'lok taw'sig shŭnt)
A palliative subclavian artery to pulmonary artery anastomosis.

Blalock-Taussig shunt

[Alfred Blalock, U.S. surgeon; 1899–1965; Helen B. Taussig, U.S. pediatrician; 1898–1986]

B-T shunt.

An anastomosis of a subclavian artery to the pulmonary artery on the same side. This procedure increases blood flow to the lungs in children with cardiac defects. The modified Blalock-Taussig shunt involves the use of synthetic graft material to create the anastomosis.


Alfred, U.S. surgeon, 1899-1965.
Blalock anastomosis
Blalock clamp
Blalock-Hanlon operation - the creation of a large atrial septal defect as a palliative procedure for complete transposition of the great arteries.
Blalock pulmonary clamp
Blalock shunt - subclavian artery to pulmonary artery shunt to increase pulmonary circulation in cyanotic heart disease with decreased pulmonary flow.
Blalock sutures
Blalock-Taussig operation - an operation for congenital malformations of the heart.
Blalock-Taussig shunt - a palliative subclavian artery to pulmonary artery anastomosis.


Helen B., U.S. pediatrician, 1898-1986.
Blalock-Taussig operation - see under Blalock
Blalock-Taussig shunt - see under Blalock
Taussig-Bing disease - Synonym(s): Taussig-Bing syndrome
Taussig-Bing syndrome - complete transposition of the aorta with a left-sided pulmonary artery overriding the left ventricle and ventricular septal defect, right ventricular hypertrophy, anteriorly situated aorta, and posteriorly situated pulmonary artery. Synonym(s): Taussig-Bing disease
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Among these patients, 10 had initial success according to our criteria, and 13 patients, who had undergone the palliative Blalock-Taussig shunt procedure, had complete correction during the follow-up of this study.
Occlusion or stenosis of a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt is not infrequent and have been reported in a variety of clinical settings (1).
Balloon angioplasty with or without thrombolytic therapy for acute occluded modified Blalock-Taussig shunt is an alternative to a second shunt procedure (1, 5).
We infused intraarterial streptokinase immediately after balloon angioplasty due to the irregular contour seen in angiograms on the pulmonary side of the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt.
In conclusion, we presented an 11 months old patient with acute modified Blalock-Taussig shunt occlusion, who was successfully treated with balloon angioplasty and intraarterial streptokinase.