Surgical techniques in partial anomalous pulmonary veins to the superior vena cava

Ann Thorac Surg. 1993 May;55(5):1222-6. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(93)90038-j.


Over a 12-year period, 40 patients underwent repair of partial anomalous pulmonary veins (PAPV) draining to the superior vena cava (SVC) proximal to the sinus node. Mean age was 6 +/- 2 years. In all patients, the SVC was cannulated superior to the PAPV, which were baffled with pericardium to left atrium. Six patients had associated defects repaired. In 18 patients (group I), an incision was made at the crest of the right atrial appendage (RAA) and extended upward through the sinus node and to the SVC. After rerouting of the PAPV, the SVC was enlarged using the RAA (atriocavoplasty). In 17 patients (group II), rerouting of the PAPV was accomplished through a right atriotomy. Superior vena caval enlargement was not done. Drainage of the PAPV was close to the right atrium in 14 patients (low) and to the azygos vein (high) in 3. In 5 patients (group III), an incision was made on the SVC and RAA sparing the sinus node. After rerouting of the PAPV, the RAA was anastomosed to the SVC (end to side), providing another outlet for SVC flow. There was no early or late death. Two patients (10%) in group I had late sinus bradycardia. Obstruction of the SVC and PAPV developed in 1 patient in group II with high drainage. Intermittent complete heart block developed in 1 patient in group III who also had ventricular septal defect repair. We conclude that atriocavoplasty is effective for rerouting of the PAPV and enlarging the SVC, but may predispose to sinus node disease.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Atria / surgery
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Pulmonary Veins / abnormalities*
  • Pulmonary Veins / surgery*
  • Sinoatrial Node / surgery
  • Vena Cava, Superior / abnormalities*
  • Vena Cava, Superior / surgery*