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Aortic Atresia or Hypoplastic Left Heart Physiology. Seoul National University Hospital Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Definition A developmental anomaly in which the aortic valve is atretic and the ascending aorta is hypoplastic

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aortic atresia or hypoplastic left heart physiology

Aortic Atresia or Hypoplastic Left Heart Physiology

Seoul National University Hospital

Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

hypoplastic left heart syndrome
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Definition

A developmental anomaly in which the aortic valve

is atretic and the ascending aorta is hypoplastic

* With few exceptions, there is in additional mitral atresia or mitral valve hypoplasia, severe left ventricular hypoplasia, & intact ventricular septum, called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

  • History

Canton : 1st description of aortic atresia in 1850

Brockman : Coexisting maldevelopment of left side of heart

Noonan & Nadas : Hypoplastic left heart syndrome in 1958

Cayler ; RPA-ascending aorta, bilateral PA bands in 1977

Norwood : Neonatal reconstructive surgery of HLHS in 1980

Bailey : Allograft heart transplantation in 1985

hypoplastic left heart physiology
Hypoplastic Left Heart Physiology

1. Inability of the left heart to sustain an adequate cardiac output

following birth because of underdevelopment of one or more

left heart structures despite surgical or medical intervention

2. The term hypoplastic left heart physiology rather than the more

common and entrenched term hypoplastic left heart syndrome

because it more accurately describes the entities

3. Definition of hypoplastic left heart is physiologic, not

morphologic, despite morphologic abnormalities being the

underlying cause of left heart inadequancy.

4. An important implication of the term hypoplastic left heart

physiology is that the left heart is incapable of sustaining

systemic cardiac output, thereby limiting therapeutic options

to reconstructions of single ventricular pumping or to



Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

  • Classification
  • Class I :Isolated cardiac anomaly
  • Class II : Two congenital anomalies affecting left
  • ventricular outflow
  • Class III : More than two anomalies, or two with coexisting
  • LV or ascending aortic or aortic arch hypoplasia
  • Class IV : Aortic atresia
  • * Anomalies : Congenital MV disease
  • LV hypoplasia.
  • Subvalvar, valvar, supravalvar AS
  • Ascending aortic or arch hypoplasia
  • IAA or COA
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Pathophysiology
  • HLHS is characterized by marked hypoplasia or absence of the left ventricle, and severe aortic hypoplasia places the work of the pulmonary and systemic perfusion solely on the right ventricle.
  • Pulmonary venous return enters the right atrium via an interatrial communication and systemic perfusion is dependant on a PDA.
  • Cyanosis, congestive heart failure, and systemic hypoperfusion results as pulmonary vascular resistance decreases and pulmonary blood flow increases at the expense of systemic blood flow.
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Morphogenesis & morphology
  • Currently, it is not clear whether the etiology of hypoplastic left heart physiology is similar an all cases.
  • Primary morphologic abnormalities at the aortic valve, mitral valve level, left ventricular myocardial level, or atrial septal level could all in theory lead ultimately to hypoplasia of the entire left side of the heart as gestation progresses
  • In hypoplastic left heart physiology, the heart is enlarged to about twice normal weight for age.
  • Among the 4 major categories defined by the left-sided valves, aortic atresia and mitral atresia is the most common form , representing two third, & aortic stenosis with mitral atresia is the least common form ( 5% ).
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Morphology

1. Aortic valve & ascending aorta

Absent valve, diminutive sinus, coarctation in 80%

2. Left ventricle & mitral valve

Hypoplastic & intact ventricular septum in 95%

Mitral valve atretic in 1/3, hypoplastic in 2/3

Variable degree of endocardial fibroelastosis, hypertropic muscle

Normal LV cavity with VSD in 5%

3. Right ventricle ; enlarged and diffuse hypertrophy, variable TR

4. Atria & atrial septum

Left atrium : small, thick walled, Right atrium : large

Atrial septum : thick, interatrial communication ( PFO)

5. Other associated cardiac anomalies ; Uncommon

Juxtaposed atrial appendages & double tricuspid orifice

6. Associated noncardiac anomalies ; frequently ( 25 -40%)

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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Clinical Features & Diagnosis
  • Mild cyanosis & respiratory distress in newborn
  • Rapid deterioration with CHF & death within a week of birth, ductal closure is inevitable with variable times
  • Hyperactive RV precordial impulse & midsystolic murmur with S2 accentuation, poor peripheral pulse
  • Chest X ray : cardiomegaly with pulmonary plethora
  • EKG : RVH, RAD
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac catheterization & cineangiography
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Natural history

1. Incidence

4th common CHD ( 4~7% of CHD), 70% male

2. Death

40% survive beyond neonatal period,

Uncommon survival beyond 6 weeks of age

25% of cardiac deaths during 1st week of life

15% of cardiac death during 1st month of life

3. Perinatal survival is dependent on PDA

4. Associated genetic & extracardiac anomalies

in 20~40% (Chromosomal & major, minor CNS abnormalities, esp. micrencephaly in 25% in autopsy)

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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Preoperative management
  • After diagnosis, resuscitation & PGE1 is initiated
  • Avoiding supplemental inspired oxygen is critical to overall strategy; 21% oxygen or even lower FiO2 helps maintain tone in the pulmonary microvascularture
  • Reasonable balance of Qp & Qs include PaO2 about 40mmHg, and systemic diastolic pressure greater than 30mmHg
  • Ideal time for surgery is about age 3 to 5 days.
  • It is not uncommon for organ systems to recover fairly rapidly, but then plateau short of complete recovery.
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Preoperative risk factors
  • The impact of these risk factors onmortality are institution dependent and include noncardiac anomaliesor genetic syndromes, lower birth weight,postnatal diagnosis
  • Additional cardiac riskfactors including severe preoperative obstruction to pulmonaryvenous return, ventricular dysfunction, andmoderate to severe atrioventricular valve regurgitation.
  • Earlier reports found aortic atresia to be a risk factorfor death
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Techniques of operation
  • Norwood first-stage procedure

Maintain PaCO2 40-45mmHg before operation

  • BCPC as interim procedure
  • Fontan operation
  • Cardiac transplantation
norwood operation
Norwood Operation

Autologous and interdigitating techniques.

goals of reconstructive surgery
Goals of Reconstructive Surgery
  • The overall goal of reconstructive surgery is similar to that for single ventricle physiology, that is , establishment in the neonatal period of an effective mixed circulation in which pulmonary and systemic blood flow are well balanced.
  • A completely unobstructed systemic arterial pathway from the right ventricle to all organs
  • A restrictive connection between systemic and pulmonary circulations such that Qp and Qs are adequately balanced
  • An unobstructed flow of pulmonary venous return across the atrial septum to the right atrium
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Norwood Operation
  • Results

1. Survival

Early death & Time-related survival

2. Incremental risk factors for death

1) No morphologic risk factors

2) Small size of ascending aorta (< 2mm)

3) Tricuspid regurgitation

3. Hemodynamic and morphologic results

1) Nonrestrictive opening between two atria

2) Important tricuspid regurgitation

3) Systolic pressure gradient

4) Most patients have a Qp/Qs of 0.8~1.5, and

Pulmonary vascular resistance > 4u ; in 20%

Pulmonary artery distortion ; in 12%

RV end-diastolic pressure elevation ; in 10%

norwood operation3
Norwood Operation
  • Pulmonary artery compromise
  • Mechanisms contributing to pulmonary artery compromise after the Norwood procedure are multiple, and include narrowing at the ductal remnant site, extrinsic compression by the neoaorta or the ductal stump, and distortion by the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (BTS) insertion.
  • Particularly at risk for these influences is the retroaortic segment of the common pulmonary artery and the left pulmonary artery (LPA).
  • Compromised early flow to the LPA may contribute to LPA hypoplasia over time, which can increase morbidity of the subsequent bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis & Fontan procedures
modification of shunt
Modification of Shunt

Drawing representing the insertion point of a BTS onto the pulmonary artery premodification (A), and postmodification, with an oblique anastomosis to direct pulmonary blood flow preferentially into the retroaortic pulmonary artery (B).

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Norwood Operation
  • Survival
  • Early deaths

Myocardial ischemia

Imbalance of systemic & pulmonary circulation

Subsequent multi-organ failure

  • Late deaths

Not insignificant recently and reflects the delicately

balanced nature of circulation

Residual defects

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Norwood Operation
  • Risk factors for deaths

1. Abnormal coronary flow patterns

2. Diminished coronary reserve

3. Neurologic complications

4. Residual lesions

5. Ventricular function

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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Results of Fontan operation

1. Survival

Early deaths

Time-related survival

2. Incremental risk factors for death

1) Tricuspid regurgitation

2) Sudden reduction in ventricular volume

immediately after Fontan procedure

indications for operation
Indications for Operation
  • The diagnosis of aortic atresia( hypoplastic left heart physiology) indicates the presence of a fatal disease ; death usually occurs within 1 month of birth and certainly within 1 year.

Surgical intervention is therefore advisable unless contraindicated by economic, institutional, legal problems

  • The treatment begins as soon as the diagnosis has been made, or the child is born.
norwood procedure
Norwood Procedure
  • MBTS vs RV-PA conduit
  • Advantages of mBTS include improved pulmonary artery growthowing to the antegrade flow throughoutcardiac cycle.
  • Lower diastolic pressures with the mBTS compromise coronary blood flow & impactcardiac function.
  • RV-PA conduit provides antegrade flow during systole but diastolic flowreversal, adding to the ventricular volume load & diminished pulmonary artery growth.
  • MBTS hasa recognized incidence of acute shunt occlusion, less common with larger RV-PA conduit.
  • Ventriculotomy carries an unknown risk for latearrhythmia & diminished ventricular function
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Norwood Procedure
  • Application of RV-PA conduit
  • Low birth weight
  • Preoperative hypotension
  • Tricuspid regurgitation
  • Pulmonary venous obstruction?
  • Right ventricle dysfunction?
  • Small aorta
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Norwood Procedure
  • Recent results
  • It is well demonstrated that single-institution results improveover time independent of significant changes in surgical approach
  • These improvements are thought to reflect an increasedincidence of prenatal diagnosis, surgical experience, improvementin perioperative care with close attention to low cardiac outputsyndrome, and less tangible human factor.
  • RV-PA conduit comparedwith more contemporary mBTS controls showed no difference insurvival, but reported a more stable postoperative course
rv pa conduit procedure 1 st stage reconstruction
RV-PA Conduit Procedure1st_ Stage Reconstruction
  • Choice of graft ; infant weight more than 3 Kg ; 6mm graft,
  • 2-3Kg ; 5mm graft, less than 2 Kg; 4 mm graft. 50% of the
  • predicted normal size of the main pulmonary artery
hybrid palliation
Hybrid Palliation
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome with aortic atresia is depicted after bilateral pulmonary artery banding (stippled areas) and ductal stenting (crosshatched area). MPA-IA shunt provides source of blood flow to aortic arch (small arrows) in patients in whom retrograde flow across aortic isthmus is obstructed (large arrow).
rv pa conduit3
RV-PA Conduit
  • Advantages
  • This novel procedure may be particularly beneficial to low-birth-weight infants with HLHS.
  • It would be reproducible for many less experienced surgeons with application of the RV-PA shunt.
  • The pulmonary bed was not subjected to nor dependent on diastolic flow, and there should be less change in pulmonary blood flow with pulmonary hypertensive crises or during resuscitation
  • Higher diastolic blood pressures and lower Qp/Qs ratios are associated with a more stable and efficient systemic circulation.
  • Pulmonary perfusion restricted to systole leads to a lower Qp/Qs ratio and demands more intensive ventilatory support during the first postoperative days.
norwood procedure3
Norwood Procedure
  • Questions in RV-PA conduit
  • Optimal shunt size and shunt material
  • Growth & distortion of pulmonary arteries
  • Effects of the small ventriculotomy on right
  • ventricular function
  • Potential risk of arrhythmia
  • Ease of second stage palliation
  • Potential injury of pulmonic valve
  • Uncertainty to thrombosis & stenosis
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Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Special situations & controversies
  • Aortic atresia with large VSD
  • Borderline hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Use or avoidance of circulatory arrest
  • Use of RV-PA conduit

Valved conduit

Nonvalved conduit

norwood procedure4
Norwood Procedure
  • Laryngopharyngeal dysfunction
  • Norwood procedure, likeother operations on the aortic arch, involves mobilization ofthe recurrent laryngeal nerve, operative damage to the nerveis one potential source of postoperative swallowing dysfunction.
  • Postoperative vocal fold paralysis should generally be consideredto be permanentdysfunction.
  • It should be noted that the voice ofan infant can improve despite persistence of vocal fold paralysis due to the plasticity of the glottis andthe ability of the opposite vocal fold to compensate
swallowing function
Swallowing Function
  • Abnormalities
  • Establishingadequate oral intake is generally the last clinical hurdle tobe overcome before hospital discharge
  • Although we were unable to identifypredictors of swallowing dysfunction among our patients, itscauses are likely multiple.
  • Normal infants can haveswallowing abnormalities, variability in suckand oral transit time, vallecular residuals after swallowing, & hesitation of bolus transit into the cervical esophagus
  • Pharyngeal stage of swallowing, controlled by themedulla oblongata, is not well developed in neonates and mightcontribute to these findings
swallowing dysfunction
Swallowing Dysfunction
  • Management
  • Riskfactors for dysphagia included age less than 3 years, preoperativeintubation, and transesophageal echocardiographic probein patients less than 5.5 kg.
  • Routine assessmentfor swallowing dysfunction and appropriate tailoring of feedingsmight decrease interstage mortality.
  • Aspiration is one of the most serious abnormalities of swallowingfunction
  • A nasogastric tube, compared with agastrostomy tube, might be more difficult to manage at home, impair swallowing function and competence of esophageal sphincters, and might worsen gastroesophagealreflux.