balloon septostomy


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bal·loon sep·tos·to·my

septostomy performed by cardiac catheterization with the use an of inflated balloon pulled across the interatrial septum through the foramen ovale; used in cases of transposition of the great vessels and tricuspid atresia.

balloon septostomy

bal·loon sep·tos·to·my

(bă-lūn' sep-tos'tŏ-mē)
Creation of an artificial interatrial septal defect by cardiac catheterization during which an inflated balloon is pulled across the interatrial septum through the foramen ovale; used in cases of transposition of the great vessels and tricuspid atresia.
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His cardiac history is significant for d-TGA with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) and sub-valvular and valvular pulmonary stenosis palliated with a balloon septostomy on day of life zero and right modified BlalockTaussig shunt at 10 days of age followed by a completion Rastelli repair at 10 months of age with VSD patch and placement of a right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit.
Palliative procedures are often initially performed, including the Rashkind catheter-directed balloon septostomy and the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (if there is inadequate pulmonary blood flow in the setting of pulmonary outflow tract obstruction).
Our consultant, Dr Robert Yates, performed the balloon septostomy and our son was then whisked off to the intensive care unit.

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