Guidelines for the outpatient management of complex congenital heart disease

Congenit Heart Dis. 2006 Jan;1(1-2):10-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0803.2006.00002.x.


An increasingly complex group of children is now being followed as outpatients after surgery for congenital heart disease. A variety of complications and physiologic perturbations, both expected and unexpected, may present during follow-up, and should be anticipated by the practitioner and discussed with the patient and family. The purpose of this position article is to provide a framework for outpatient follow-up of complex congenital heart disease, based on a review of current literature and the experience of the authors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures / rehabilitation*
  • Child
  • Fontan Procedure
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Heart Bypass, Right
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Postoperative Complications