Survival into seventh decade after a potts palliation for tetralogy of Fallot

Congenit Heart Dis. Jan-Feb 2007;2(1):55-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0803.2007.00072.x.


In this case report we present a 62-year-old patient with unrepaired tetralogy of Fallot who underwent a Potts shunt for palliation. Survival into late adulthood of patients with unoperated tetralogy of Fallot is rare. This patient is currently in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II. A Potts shunt is associated with severe complications due to pulmonary vascular disease. To our knowledge, this is the first case report on a patient who survived into late adulthood with minor symptoms due to balanced hemodynamics after a Potts shunt.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures*
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Heart Function Tests
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palliative Care*
  • Survivors
  • Tetralogy of Fallot / diagnosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot / physiopathology
  • Tetralogy of Fallot / surgery*