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The pulmonary circulation in children with congenital heart disease: morphologic and morphometric considerations


Pulmonary vascular occlusive disease is a serious complication in a significant number of patients with congenital heart defects.8 Surgical correction of congenital heart defects is now possible during the first two years of life with low mortality and this has been demonstrated to produce regression of the pulmonary vascular disease.8.59Various studies have demonstrated the defects in which pulmonary vascular lesions occur and those lesions in which progression of changes is likely to occur.8-21 Continuing development of diagnostic techniques may soon allow us to detect individuals at particular risk to develop pulmonary vascular disease.


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Burrows, F.A., Rabinovitch, M. The pulmonary circulation in children with congenital heart disease: morphologic and morphometric considerations. Can Anaesth Soc J 32, 364–373 (1985).

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  • hypertension pulmonary: aetiology
  • diagnosis
  • pathology
  • complications
  • prevention and control