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Ischaemic intestinal disease in neonates with congenital heart defects: the timing of cardiac surgery does matter
  1. D Kalfa1,
  2. A Charpentier2,
  3. A Dragulescu3,
  4. V Fouilloux1,
  5. A Fraisse3,
  6. B Kreitmann1,
  7. P de Lagausie4
  1. 1
    Department of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery, La Timone Children’s Hospital, CHU Marseille, France
  2. 2
    Department of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, La Timone Children’s Hospital, CHU Marseille, France
  3. 3
    Department of Paediatric Cardiology, La Timone Children’s Hospital, CHU Marseille, France
  4. 4
    Department of Paediatric General Surgery, La Timone Children’s Hospital, CHU Marseille, France
  1. Correspondence to David Kalfa, Service de chirurgie Thoracique et Cardiovasculaire, Hôpital Timone Enfants, CHU Marseille, 264, rue Saint-Pierre 13385, Marseille, France; davidkalfa{at}gmail.com

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Ischaemic intestinal disease (IID) in neonates with congenital heart defects (CHDs) other than patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) can represent a complex issue.1 2 The aim of this study was to determine the respective roles played by the CHD and the cardiac surgery in the occurrence of IID, and thus to discuss the timing for cardiac surgery in these children.

A retrospective study from 1996 to 2006 screened 4915 newborns for IID and CHD. Isolated PDA being excluded, 12 of these newborns had …

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