Heart, Lung and Circulation
Original Article| Volume 27, ISSUE 6, P739-744, June 2018

Morbidity After Cardiac Surgery in Patients With Adult Congenital Heart Disease in Comparison With Acquired Disease


      Due to the advancements in congenital cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology in the last 5 decades, more than 85% of congenital heart patients now survive to adulthood.


      This retrospective study included 135 Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) patients, who had cardiac surgery at Southampton General Hospital over 3 consecutive years. We also included 42 patients with a structurally normal heart who had cardiac surgery for acquired cardiac conditions as a control group. Preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative data were analysed in both groups to identify risk factors for morbidity and mortality.


      In the ACHD group, in hospital mortality was 0.7%. In the control group no deaths were observed. Fifty-eight per cent of the ACHD patients had significantly higher perioperative morbidity with arrhythmias (26%), bleeding (3%), prolonged ventilation (11.3%) and renal replacement therapy 1.5%. In the non ACHD control group 32% (p = 0.003) developed perioperative complications with arrhythmias (9.8%), bleeding (2.5%), prolonged ventilation (4.3%) and renal replacement therapy (2.5%). In ACHD patients total in-hospital stay was longer in patients with longer cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) time (p = 0.005), aortic cross clamp time (p = 0.013) and higher preoperative alkaline phosphatase level (p = 0.005). Early postoperative complications were higher in ACHD patients with longer cardiopulmonary bypass time (p = 0.04) and presence of pulmonary artery hypertension (p = 0.012).


      Even though the preoperative and operative characteristics are similar to both groups, the morbidity is more in ACHD group. Longer CBP time, aortic cross clamp time and presence of pulmonary hypertension are risk factors for higher morbidity in this group.


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