Background: In neonates with critical congenital heart diseases, palliative intervention with transcatheter balloon atrial septostomy is often needed to relieve the critical condition. Conventionally, the procedure was performed in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory. Transportation of the critically ill neonates from intensive care unit to the cardiac catheterisation laboratory often increases the procedural risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the applicability of real-time (RT) three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) to guide the transcatheter balloon atrial septostomy in these neonates.
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