Cardiology in the Young

Original Article

Primary care management of patients with common arterial trunk and transposition of the great arteries  *

Jeffrey R. Boris 

Division of Cardiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Abstract

Primary care cardiology, also known as ambulatory or outpatient cardiology, for the longitudinal management of patients with common arterial trunk or with transposition of the great arteries is both poorly described and has limited evidence to justify its basis. This article discusses some of the various complications that these patients can develop, reviews the medical literature, and describes a framework for care of these complex patients from infancy to transition to adult congenital cardiac specialist care.

Keywords

  • Ambulatory cardiology;
  • outpatient cardiology;
  • truncus arteriosus;
  • transposition of the great vessels

Correspondence:

Correspondence to: Dr J. R. Boris, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Division of Cardiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 3401 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States of America. Tel: +1 215 590 3189; Fax: +1 267 426 5324; E-mail: borisj@email.chop.edu

Footnotes

*  Presented at: 12th Annual International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease, February 17–21, 2012, All Children's Hospital, Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States of America.

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