Post-operative cardiac lesions after cardiac surgery in childhood
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A new population of patients in cardiology has been growing steadily so that the number of grown-ups with congenital heart disease (GUCH) is almost equal to those under paediatric care. The dramatic improvement in survival should lead to a larger number of GUCH patients than children with CHD in the new millennium. Although echocardiography remains the imaging modality of choice, cross-sectional imaging techniques have a decision-aiding function for the postoperative evaluation of surgical reconstructions as well as in the preparation of complex interventional procedures. Cardiovascular CT and MRI are often complementary in providing comprehensive complex anatomical evaluation, haemodynamic assessment of residual postoperative lesions and complications of surgery. A thorough understanding of postsurgical corrections is a prerequisite for choosing the optimal imaging techniques and achieving an accurate evaluation.
KeywordsHeart Congenital CT MRI Child
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