Hypoplastic left heart syndrome in context

David S. Winlaw*, Nadia Badawi, Stephen Jacobe, Nadine A. Kasparian, Stephen G. Cooper, David N. Murphy, Megan C. Sherwood, Philip Roberts, Karen Leclair, Gabbie Scarfe, Gary F. Sholler

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Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a rare condition requiring major cardiac surgery during the neonatal period to sustain life, with subsequent procedures culminating in completion of the Fontan circulation - the common pathway for all 'single ventricle' conditions. Algorithms for care of these children are now well defined with predictable medium-term outcomes with the majority achieving a Fontan circulation. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is one of a group of conditions that require complex surgery as a neonate and require a similar perioperative approach. Antenatal diagnosis is common in this patient subgroup, and there is a significant body of work that can be drawn on to inform parental choice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E7-E9
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • cardiac surgery
  • chronic disease
  • congenital heart disease
  • hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • outcome


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