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  • REVIEW ARTICLE Martin J. London, MD William C. Oliver, Jr, MD Gregory A. Nuttall, MD Section Editors Anesthesia and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Pierre-Guy Chassot, MD,* and Dominique A. Bettex, MD† C ONGENITAL HEART DISEASES (CHDs) are common pathologies because they occur in 0.5% to 1% of births; among them, complex malformations are less frequent (0.15% correct cyanosis and relieve pulmonary hypertension; however, they have significant long-term complica- tions, particularly when the anatomic right ventricle of births).1 The major advances made over the past 30 years in (RV) must function as the systemic ventricle. congenital cardiac surgery have resulted in an increased num- 3. Nonoperated patients: some malformations are diag- ber of children born with heart disease who enjoy long-term nosed only in adulthood because they are benign (eg, survival; 85% of these babies are expected to reach adulthood.2 ASD and bicuspid aortic valve) or because they pro- The 15-year survival rate is 80% and 95% for complex and duce a progressive mismatch between systemic and simple CHD, respectively; half of the patients with complex pulmonary circulation and ventricular failure (eg, Eb- physiology are over 25 years old.3 Moreover, this population is stein anomaly and congenitally corrected transposition growing at a rate of 5% each year.2 Any anesthesiologist might of great arteries). Spontaneous development of collat- therefore encounter one of these patients in his/her daily prac- eral circulation may obviate a restricted flow, like tice of cardiac or noncardiac surgery. His/her role is pivotal in aortopulmonary collaterals in the cases of tight pulmo- the management of these cases, particularly during noncardiac nary stenosis. Finally, some patients are immigrants surgery and obstetrics when his/her understanding of the patho- from countries without access to corrective cardiac physiology should lead the decisions of the operative team.4 surgery. In adulthood, patients with CHD can be allotted to 3 different Five different factors have an independent prognostic value categories: for perioperative complications: pulmonary hypertension, cya- 1. Patients with previous complete correction of their nosis, reoperation, arrhythmias, and ventricular dysfunction. defect: even complete anatomic correction can leave Grown-up patients with CHD may additionally develop pathol- hemodynamic sequelae, which are proportional to the ogies that are characteristic of adulthood, such as arterial hy- remodeling of the cardiac chambers and to the age at pertension, diabetes,and coronary artery disease. These issues which the operation was performed—the earlier the become more prominent because this population is growing surgery ( 3 years), the less important the sequelae. older. Nevertheless, only ductus arteriosus, ostium secundum After an overview of the anatomic nomenclature of CHD, atrial septal defect (ASD), and isolated ventricular sep- this article describes the hemodynamic peculiarities of the main tal defect (VSD) may be corrected without after effects congenital pathologies as they appear in adults, along with the if surgery is in the first years of life.5 pathophysiology of their correction or palliation. Finally, some 2. Patients with partial or palliative surgery: the hemody- recommendations will be provided concerning their manage- namic behavior of these patients is frequently complex ment by the anesthesiologist. and far different from normal physiology (eg, after a Fontan procedure). These “physiologic” repairs might ANATOMIC NOMENCLATURE The extreme diversity of CHDs calls for structural classifi- From the *Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital of cation. The basic concept of this classification is a segmental Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland; and †Department of Cardiac An- approach6,7; the heart is considered in terms of 3 segments aesthesia, Institute for Anaesthesiology, University Hospital of Zürich, (atria, ventricles, and arterial trunks) connected via 2 junctions Zürich, Switzerland. (atrioventricular and ventriculoarterial) (Fig 1). The definition Address reprint requests to Pierre-Guy Chassot, MD, Department of of the segments is based on their intrinsic morphology because Anaesthesiology, University Hospital of Lausanne, BH-10, CHUV, the usual criteria of size and position are not relevant in CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland. E-mail: pchassot@chuv.hospvd.ch © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. congenital diseases. In the sequential analysis, 5 criteria are 1053-0770/06/2003-0025$32.00/0 used to determine the anatomic structures of the heart:8 doi:10.1053/j.jvca.2005.12.016 1. Situs: it can be solitus (normal) or inversus; because it Key words: congenital heart disease, adult anesthesia, intraopera- is concordant with the abdominal status, the situs is tive transesophageal echocardiography mainly defined by the position of the right atrium (RA). 414 Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Vol 20, No 3 (June), 2006: pp 414-437
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 415 Fig 1. Segmental analysis. The heart is divided into 3 segments connected through 2 junctions. The atrioventricular valves belong to the ventricular segment. (Adapted with permission from Chassot and Bettex.116) (Color ver- sion of figure is available online.) 2. Concordance or discordance of successive segments: 2. The dimension of the defect: a shunt of small size instead of following each other normally (concor- (restrictive shunt) allows the passage of a small volume dance), the different anatomic segments can be in an of blood but generates a high-pressure gradient be- inappropriate relative position (discordance). tween cavities or vessels; a large shunt does not impede 3. Segmental connections: the junctional parts between the blood flow, resulting in an absence of significant segments are the atrioventricular canal between atria gradient and a large volume of blood. and ventricles and the infundibulum (or conus arterio- 3. The enlargement of the receiving chambers: isolated sus) between ventricles and arterial trunks. defects situated upstream of the atrioventricular (AV) 4. Anatomic markers of each cardiac chamber: left ven- valves (ASD, anomalous pulmonary venous return) tricle is defined by 2 papillary muscles, a mitral valve cause right-sided chamber dilatation, whereas lesions and a partially fibrous outlet; the right ventricle is downstream of the AV junctions (VSD, ductus arteri- defined by 3 papillary muscles, one of which is inserted osus) induce early-on left-sided chamber dilatation; in on the septum; a tricuspid valve, of which the septal both cases, the pulmonary artery is dilated and its flow insertion is more apical than the mitral annulus; and a increased. completely muscular outlet. The importance of a shunt is judged by the ratio between the 5. Associated abnormalities: dysmorphic chamber struc- pulmonary flow and the systemic flow: Qp/Qs. It is calculated tures, obstructive lesions, or septal defects. by catheterization or by echocardiography. It is the ratio of the The anatomic descriptions in this review are mainly based on flow or cardiac output measured in the pulmonary artery and in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) because it corre- the aorta (or left ventricular outflow tract). An L-to-R shunt, sponds to the usual approach of the anesthesiologist in the which brings arterialized blood into the pulmonary circulation, operating room. can also be calculated by the ratio of the O2 saturations as Shunts may be located at the level of an ASD or a VSD. follows: Qp/Qs (SaO2 SvO2)/(SpvO2 SpaO2), where They may also be situated at the level of the central veins SaO2 is arterial saturation (radial or femoral artery), SvO2 is (anomalous pulmonary venous connections) or of the great central venous saturation (mixed venous blood), SpvO2 is pul- arteries (ductus arteriosus, aortopulmonary fistula, and coro- monary venous saturation, and SpaO2 is pulmonary artery nary fistula). A shunt is defined by 3 characteristics. saturation (enriched by the shunt). Because SpvO2 SaO2 if 1. The direction of the flow: left-to-right (L-to-R), right- the pulmonary gas exchange is normal, then Qp/Qs (SaO2 to-left (R-to-L), or bidirectional. R-to-L shunts induce SvO2)/(SaO2 SpaO2). cyanosis. The flow through a shunt increases if the In the following example, the mixed venous blood (SvO2 upstream pressure is increased or the downstream pres- 74%) is enriched by an L-to-R VSD shunt to a pulmonary sure decreased; in case of systemic arterial vasodila- artery value of 90%: Qp/Qs (98% 74%)/(98% 90%) tion, the flow of an L-to-R shunt declines, whereas the and Qp/Qs 24/8 3:1. In this example, the ratio of pulmo- flow of an R-to-L shunt increases. To diminish a cya- nary-to-systemic flow is 3:1. In case of an R-to-L shunt, the notic shunt, the pulmonary artery resistances and the pulmonary flow is decreased; a ratio of 0.5:1, for example, RV afterload must be decreased or the systemic arterial indicates that the pulmonary flow is half the volume of sys- and left ventricle (LV) afterload increased. temic flow.
  • 416 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Fig 2. The LSVC. (A) In basal view, the LSVC (arrow) appears as a supplementary vessel between the left upper pulmonary vein (LUPV) and left atrial appendage (LAA). (B) In 4-chamber view of the right cavities, the coronary sinus (CS) looks very enlarged; the microbubbles injected in a left forearm vein appear in the coronary sinus. PATHOLOGIC APPROACH After correction of caval or pulmonary venous return, the Usually, congenital heart defects are classified according to flow must present a normal biphasic systolic-diastolic pattern their impact on pulmonary blood flow, leading to cyanotic or on TEE imaging, with a maximal velocity below 1 m/s. A noncyanotic pathologies. In this review, however, the authors continuous nonphasic pattern and a peak velocity of 2 m/s are will consider the different pathologies following the segmental indicative of restriction.10 approach previously mentioned. Each description will be com- The ASD represents 7% of all CHD and 30% of the adult pleted by comments concerning their surgical corrections, their CHD population; it is the second most common congenital anesthesia management, and their intraoperative TEE imaging. defect in adulthood after aortic bicuspid valve.11 The interatrial Persistence of a left superior vena cava (LSVC) is found in septum may present 4 types of defects: ostium secundum 0.5% of the general population and up to 10% of patients with (defect at the level of the fossa ovalis, representing 75% of the CHD.9 In 90% of the cases, the LSVC drains into the coronary cases), ostium primum (defect in the AV septum, 15% of the sinus, which is strikingly enlarged on TEE images (Fig 2). The cases), sinus venosus (frequently associated with an abnormal right superior vena cava can be normal, absent, or hypoplastic. caval or pulmonary venous connection, 10%), and coronary It is a harmless anomaly, except under the following situations: sinus defect (unroofing of the coronary sinus into the left atrium 1. In case of central vein placement, there is an increased [LA], rare) (Fig 3). The volume overload secondary to the risk of thrombosis of the coronary sinus; catheters L-to-R shunt is proportional to the dimensions of the defect; it should be removed as soon as possible. Pulmonary induces a dilation of the RA, a dilated hypertrophy of the RV, artery catheters are contraindicated. and an increase in size of the PA (Fig 4); the diameter of the PA 2. During cardiopulmonary bypass, the LSVC and coro- is larger than the diameter of the aorta, and the flow velocity is nary sinus flow must be drained by the venous cannu- increased in the pulmonary artery and veins. The normal ratio lation. of 0.6 between right- and left-heart dimensions and velocities 3. If retrograde cardioplegia is used, the solution will may be more than doubled. The diagnosis is made at echocar- escape into the LSVC, without protecting the heart. diography; there is an echo dropout area in the interatrial 4. In case of radiofrequency ablation, pacemaker, or septum and a bright continuous systolic-diastolic flow from the transjugular portosystemic shunt implantation, the LA to RA (Fig 5). technique must avoid damaging the coronary sinus. The L-to-R flow presents a typical biphasic cyclic pattern Only partial anomalous pulmonary venous drainage is en- (Fig 5). Variations are related to the cardiac cycle and to countered in adults; 1 or 2 pulmonary veins drain into the respiration. One peak of flow occurs during late systole and systemic venous return. It is frequently associated with a sinus early diastole (synchronous with “v” wave), and one peak venosus ASD. The most common form is the anomalous drain- during the atrial contraction (synchronous with “a” wave). A age of the right upper pulmonary vein into the RA or into the short period of R-to-L shunt can usually be recorded during base of the SVC. The right cavities are dilated because of early systole and mid-diastole.12,13 This flow pattern is consis- volume overload. tent with the instantaneous cyclic pressure differences between
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 417 Superior sinus venosus defect Foramen ovale (PFO) Fossa ovalis Atrio-ventricular defect: septal defect: ostium secundum ostium primum Tricuspid Fig 3. ASDs. The view of the valve interatrial septum is taken from the right atrium; the different Inferior sinus types of ASDs are depicted. venosus defect Coronary (Adapted with permission from Chassot and Bettex.116) sinus defect the left and right atria14 (Fig 6). The most important shunt ventricles, by systemic and pulmonary venous capacitance, and reversal is observed in protosystole when the mitral annulus by AV regurgitation. descent abruptly increases the LA volume and therefore de- The R-to-L component of shunt flow is increased during creases its pressure.15 The pressure gradient between atria is sudden intrathoracic pressure drops (increased venous return to modified by changes in the compliance and afterload of the RA and decreased venous return to LA) like during spontane- Fig 4. ASDs. (A) Schematic drawing of the shunt, with RA and RV enlargement. (B) Ostium primum defect (arrow), contiguous to the tricuspid annulus; the RV is enlarged. (C) Ostium secundum defect (arrow) in the middle part of the septum; the RV is enlarged.
  • 418 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Fig 5. ASD flow. (A) Color flow through an ASD (left-to-right shunt). (B) Pulse wave Doppler spectral display of the ASD flow; although the flow is predominantly left-to-right (below baseline), there are 2 right-to-left components (above baseline), one during systole and one during diastole. ous inspiration, the relaxing phase of a Valsalva maneuver, or cmH2O) (Fig 6). Therefore, paradoxic emboli may happen even Mueller maneuver.16 It also increases when the afterload of RV in cases of predominant L-to-R shunt. is elevated or during intermittent positive-pressure ventilation A small ASD may remain asymptomatic for years; the only (IPPV) or positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) ( 15 sign is a 3/6 systolic ejection murmur heard at the left upper Fig 6. ASD flow. (A) Simultaneous recordings of the RAP and the LAP; the amplitude of the pressure variations is larger in the LA than in the RA. LAP is higher than RAP during “a” and “v” peaks of pressure, but lower during nadir of pressure “x” and “y”; this fact explains the 2 right-to-left components of the shunt. (Modified with permission.16) (B) ASD flow during apnea; the flow is predominantly L-to-R. (C) Applying 15 cmH2O of PEEP to the same patient modifies the pattern of the flow, the R-to-L component is increased, and the L-to-R component is decreased.
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 419 Fig 7. PFO. (A) A 90° view of the fossa ovalis membrane, the distal part is not attached to the interatrial septal wall; the oblique blue color flow shows the L-to-R shunt. (B) Microbubble test; microbubbles have filled the right atrium, the interatrial septum is bulging toward the left atrium, and many bubbles are visible in the LA. border of the sternum because of the high pulmonary flow and adapted. The central venous pressure (CVP) measurement is a split fixed second heart sound. With time, adults may present not a good marker of the circulating volume because it is progressively with shortness of breath, suprajunctional arrhyth- increased due to the shunt and the possible tricuspid regurgi- mias, and episodes of RV failure. The right ventricle is dilated tation. If the shunt is bidirectional and the pulmonary artery by the volume overload, and tricuspid regurgitation appears. pressure elevated, systemic vasodilation increases the R-to-L Above the age of 40, the mortality of nonoperated patients component and decreases arterial saturation. The right ventric- increases by 6% per year, whereas there are no long-term ular function may be improved by increasing heart rate and after-effects if the surgical correction is performed before the contractility. age of 5 years.17 A large shunt may lead to pulmonary hyper- If a residual shunt is observed after surgical repair of an tension (rarely 500 dynes/s/cm5) and RV failure because of ASD, it raises 2 critical questions: how large is the shunt and is longstanding pulmonary overflow. The right atrial pressure a reoperation indicated? Minimal residual shunting across the (RAP) increases, the flow through the shunt decreases, and the suture line, appearing as a little flame-like jet at TEE, is without R-to-L component becomes major as cyanosis appears. An significance; it frequently disappears after protamine injection. Eisenmenger reaction occurs in less than 10% of patients older A large dehiscence is an indication for immediate surgical then 40 years. When the shunt is reversed, a surgical correction revision. An increase of more than 20% in pulmonary artery is no longer possible. oxygen saturation compared with the values in the SVC and The importance of the shunt and the presence of pulmonary inferior vena cava (IVC) will confirm the indication for surgical hypertension (PHT) are determining criteria for the manage- revision. ment of the patient during anesthesia. Hemodynamic mainte- Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a common finding in the adult nance will be achieved through a reduction of the L-to-R shunt. population: its incidence varies from 5% with 2D-echocardio- As long as PHT is absent, this is obtained by a slight increase graphic examination to 27% at direct intraoperative visualiza- of preload, normal-to-elevated pulmonary resistances, and low tion.18-20 The flap occluding the foramen ovale usually closes systemic resistances. High ventilation pressure and PEEP might during the first years of life by fusion with the interatrial wall. induce a pronounced R-to-L shunt and lead to hypoxemia; When it only overlaps the septum on the LA side, the orifice therefore, low-pressure IPPV is recommended. Hypovolemia is may reopen if the RAP becomes higher than the left atrial poorly tolerated because a high circulating volume is needed to pressure (LAP). The PFO is frequently associated with an maintain the shunt volume through the pulmonary tree in aneurysm of the interatrial septum. The PFO is diagnosed at parallel with the normal systemic blood volume. The low- intraoperative TEE by color flow and contrast study (Fig 7). resistance pulmonary circuit tends to steal volume from the The injection of microbubbles, best performed into a central high-resistance systemic circulation. The risk of paradoxic em- catheter, must be synchronous with the release of endothoracic boli through venous accesses (air bubbles, microaggregates) is pressure after a short period of high PEEP21; the normal pres- always present, particularly during IPPV. Neuraxial blockade sure gradient between the atria is reversed, and the bubbles, and halogenated agents like isoflurane are good choices be- even in small numbers, appear in the LA and LV during the cause systemic vasodilation diminishes the L-to-R shunt; next four systoles.22 If their appearance is delayed by 5 cardiac propofol, which decreases the preload, is theoretically less cycles or more, they are caused mostly by transpulmonary
  • 420 CHASSOT AND BETTEX A B C RA LA RA LA RA LA RV LV RV LV RV LV Mitral cleft regurgitation Normal insertion Endocardial cushion defect Ostium primum ASD : distance between : common Central cleft in septal leaflets of septal insertions septal insertion tricuspid and mitral valves Membranous VSD Fig 8. Atrioventricular canal defect (AV canal or endocardial cushion defect). (A) The ostium primum defect is accompanied by a membra- nous ventricular septal defect and a cleft in the septal leaflets of the mitral and tricuspid valves; there are shunts through the ASD and VSD and regurgitant flow through the mitral cleft. (B) Normally, the septal leaflet of the tricuspid valve is inserted more apically then the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve; the distance between both insertions is less than 10 mm. (C) In AV canal, both mitral and tricuspid leaflets are inserted at the same level (arrow). passage. The test is positive when more than 5 bubbles cross the RV and LV are hypertrophied and dilated. PHT appears the septum during a single cardiac cycle. It detects 92% of early if the VSD is large but is unusual in the case of isolated PFOs.20 ASD. AV canal in its complete form is seldom encountered in The incidence of paradoxic emboli is much lower than the adults. Partial AV canal (absence of VSD), however, may be incidence of the anatomic lesion itself because the risk of diagnosed late. Long-term complications of previous surgical cerebral vascular accident is 1% to 2% per year in patients with correction may be present, such as progressive mitral regurgi- a PFO.23 A PFO, normally asymptomatic, may cause paradoxic tation, subaortic stenosis, or AV block; they represent 10% of emboli during a Valsalva maneuver or PEEP; it is a cause of the cardiac operations performed in adults with CHD.27 refractory hypoxemia in patients on IPPV. Systemic arterial air The surgical correction of AV canal consists of ASD and emboli may also occur after deep-sea diving, during laparo- VSD closure, with or without patch, and AV valves repair. The scopic procedures, or during the sitting position in neurosur- postoperative echocardiographic assessment should address the gery.24,25 competence of the AV valve and search for residual septal Endocardial cushion defect or AV canal is a lack of central defects or left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction. septation of the heart. In the complete form, the AV canal Small jets of AV regurgitation or residual shunts are frequently presents a large ostium primum ASD, a large VSD extending encountered after correction of AV canal; most of them disap- into the membranous septum, and a common AV valve sur- pear after protamine administration and hemodynamic stabili- rounding an orifice that creates clefts in the septal leaflets of the zation. Hemodynamic management of these patients is mostly tricuspid and mitral valves26 (Fig 8). The tricuspid and mitral the same as with ASD or VSD, depending on which lesion valves appear inserted at the same level on the septum in the predominates. 4-chamber view. The shunt flow is composite and may take the Ebstein’s anomaly is characterized by an apical displacement following configurations: shunt between LA and RA, LV and of more than 10 mm of the insertion of the septal and some- RV, or LV and RA and mitral or tricuspid regurgitation. The times posterior tricuspid leaflets; the anterior leaflet is usually AV canal is frequently associated with Down’s syndrome (tri- large and dysplastic. Tricuspid leaflets progressively display somy 21). The clinical presentation is determined by the dom- impaired mobility because of chordae shortening, tethering, or inant lesion, which is usually the VSD. The RA is dilated, and fibrosis (Fig 9). The RV cavity is reduced, and its inlet portion
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 421 Fig 9. Ebstein’s anomaly. (A) Schematic drawing of the lowered insertion of the tricuspid valve into the RV. (B) A 4-chamber view: the septal leaflet of the tricuspid valve (arrow) is inserted low inside the right ventricular cavity; the RV is decreased in size, whereas the RA is very large because of the atrialization of the RV inlet. MV, mitral valve. is atrialized; the RA is enlarged, and an interatrial shunt is often marked septal hypertrophy surrounding the defect or by associated. The tricuspid valve may be regurgitant, stenotic, or redundancy of the TV septal leaflet.29 both. The auscultation is characterized by a widely split first 2. Inlet VSD is part of an endocardial cushion defect; it heart sound at the lower left sternal border and an early mild appears between the mitral and tricuspid leaflets. systolic murmur of tricuspid regurgitation. There is a poor 3. Supracristal or infundibular VSD: immediately below correlation between the morphologic findings and the resultant the pulmonary and aortic valves; it is frequently asso- severity of the lesion.28 The clinical manifestation is linked to ciated with aortic regurgitation because of a prolapse of the restriction of the RV cavity including venous stasis, hepa- the right coronary cusp. tomegaly, and congestive right-heart failure. The patient may 4. Muscular VSD: frequently multiple, it is less frequent become cyanotic in cases of associated ASD or PFO. In 30% of among congenitals than in acquired cases (Fig 11B). the cases, severe arrhythmias are present including AV heart Up to 40% of congenital VSDs close spontaneously during block, or Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. They might be the the first years of life.30 The VSD creates an L-to-R shunt, which first manifestation of the disease.4 Prognostic factors are the overloads the pulmonary circulation and the left ventricle. functional status, the size of the heart, the severity of arrhyth- Anatomically, most of the congenital defects are situated close mias, and the cyanosis if present. to the RV admission chamber and outflow tract, in such a way For the anesthesiologist, the hemodynamic pattern is domi- that the shunted blood bypasses the right ventricular cavity. The nated by 2 symptoms: the arrhythmias and the restriction to RV pressure and volume work are performed by the left ventricle, filling. After surgical repair, the tricuspid anterograde flow which is chronically overloaded by the excess volume shunted must be unrestricted (acceptable mean gradient 5 mmHg); a through the lungs (Fig 11C); left ventricular failure may ensue. small residual regurgitation (grade II) is acceptable. Postop- The right ventricle hypertrophies only when PHT supervenes. erative AV block is particularly frequent after tricuspid valve Auscultation reveals a holosystolic harsh murmur at the lower repair. Central venous cannulation might be dangerous because left sternal border, radiating in a circle, with a prominent atrial stimulation with a catheter produces malignant ventricu- systolic thrill. Adult patients with VSD can be divided in 4 lar arrhythmias because of the atrialization of the RV. different groups: VSDs represent 10% of adult congenital cases. The inter- 1. Spontaneously or surgically closed VSD and no shunt. ventricular septum is mainly muscular, with the exception of a There is no or minimal residual shunt; the pulmonary small membranous segment located at its superior border just pressures are normal. The long-term outcome of these beneath the right and noncoronary cusps of the aortic valve. patients is excellent if the surgical closure has been The defect can appear in 4 different parts of the interventricular performed before the age of 2 and if there is no sig- septum (Fig 10): nificant remodeling of the ventricles.5 1. Membranous or perimembranous VSD: 68% of all 2. Small VSD, small shunts, and normal pulmonary pres- cases (Fig 11A); it can be progressively closed by sures. The pulmonary flow is slightly increased, and the
  • 422 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Ao PA Infundibular supracristal Membranous defect defect Atrio- ventricular defect Fig 10. VSDs. The view of the interventricular septum is taken from the right ventricle. The most Muscular common congenital VSDs are sit- Tricuspid uated close to the right ventricular defect outflow tract. (Adapted with per- valve mission from Chassot and Bet- tex.116) pulmonary pressures are at the upper normal limit.31 systolic pressure if the alignment of the echocardiographic The life expectancy is good, even if the risk of endo- interrogating beam is exactly superposed with the main axis of carditis is elevated.32 the tricuspid regurgitation jet and if the VSD is restrictive. 3. Moderate shunt and elevated pulmonary pressure. The The surgical correction of a VSD is mandatory if the shunt is RV is hypertrophied; PHT is still reactive to hypocar- moderate or major (Qp/Qs 1.5), if the defect is part of a bia, hyperoxia, and NO. The life expectancy is 86% at complex disease (AV canal or tetralogy of Fallot [TOF]), or if 25 years old.33 the defect is situated in the LVOT because of the risk of aortic 4. Large shunts and Eisenmenger syndrome. Eisenmenger regurgitation.36 A correction performed during the first 2 years syndrome is defined as a severe nonreactive PHT (pul- guarantees normal long-term ventricular performance and pul- monary vascular resistance [PVR] 800 dynes/s/cm5) monary pressure. Bundle-branch blocks or complete AV blocks and a progressive equalization of right and left ventric- are frequent postoperatively because of the close vicinity of the ular pressures. The shunt becomes bidirectional; the conduction fibers; many patients are dependent on a permanent RV dilates and fails, with venous stasis and tricuspid pacemaker.4 regurgitation. Forty percent of patients die before the The aim of the anesthesiologist is to reduce the amount of age of 25.33,34 A ratio of PVR/systemic vascular resis- blood shunted through the defect. This can be achieved by a tance (SVR) larger than 0.7 speaks for a prohibitive decrease in the systemic pressure (arterial vasodilation) and an surgical risk. increase in RV pressure (pulmonary vasoconstriction). General At the echocardiographic examination, the left-sided cavities anesthesia with isoflurane or neuraxial blockade is well de- are enlarged because of volume overload; the PA is dilated signed for this purpose. As long as there is no pulmonary because it is the receiving chamber of the shunted flow. The RV hypertension, the anesthesia is conducted under normocarbia or is hypertrophied and dilated proportionally to the degree of slight hypercarbia, low oxygen inspired concentration (FIO2 PHT. Color-flow mapping will reliably identify the defect by 0.3), and PEEP. If PHT is present, on the contrary, the hemo- imaging the characteristic flow jet within the RV and by visu- dynamic priority is to decrease pulmonary artery pressure. alizing the flow convergence area on the LV side; the dimen- Patients with a VSD are very sensitive to hypovolemia sion of this proximal converging flow field is a good estimate despite their increase in circulating blood volume because the of the size of the VSD.35 With high-volume L-to-R shunts, volume shunted through the lungs depends on the diameter of these color images appear both during systole and diastole, the defect and on the PVR. Because the dimension of the defect whereas the shunt flow is recorded only during early systole in is fixed and the PVR is lower than the systemic resistances, the small VSDs. The systolic pressure difference between right and blood volume is “stolen” through the shunt, and any loss of left ventricles might be calculated from the shunt Vmax using the blood will aggravate this behavior. This is further increased by simplified Bernoulli equation ( P 4 Vmax2). In the absence of the reflex systemic arterial vasoconstriction of hypovolemia. aortic or subaortic pathology, the subtraction of the gradient Minimal residual shunting across the suture line of the patch ( P) from the peripheral systolic blood pressure gives an is frequently found after surgical repair of a VSD and is without accurate assessment of the RV systolic pressure. It is usually significance; only large dehiscence ( 3 mm) of the patch, with recommended to not calculate the RV systolic pressure from a significant flow convergence on the LV side, is an indication the velocity of tricuspid regurgitation because the RV pressure to perform immediate surgical revision.37 An assessment of the is contaminated by the shunt flow, which is determined by the tricuspid valve is important because tethering of the septal LV pressure. However, it is possible to calculate the RV leaflet is possible during perimembranous VSD closure. The
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 423 Fig 11. VSDs. (A) Perimembranous VSD, partially obstructed by the septal leaflet of the tricuspid valve; it is situated in the upper portion of the interventricular septum. (B) Muscular VSD, situated in the distal part of the interventricular septum. (C) Schematic drawing of the L-to-R shunt, which flows into the pulmonary artery and returns to the left atrium and left ventricle, which is overloaded. right coronary cusp of the aortic valve should be checked for valve and right ventricle and rerouting the systemic venous the same reason. The technique of closure of the VSD through flow directly into the pulmonary artery; this can be performed the RA requires detachment of the septal tricuspid leaflet; after by a wide range of procedures. The simplest is an end-to-side suture of the patch, this leaflet is reconstructed. The grade of anastomosis of the SVC to the right PA (Glenn procedure); this the residual regurgitation must be evaluated. operation is performed in children because the SVC flow is The ventricular segment may present variable degrees of more important in babies than it is in adults. Nowadays, it is hypoplasia with marked asymmetry up to the absence of one considered as the first step of a complete Fontan derivation. ventricle (univentricular heart). The main chamber, which re- Since its description in 1971, the Fontan procedure has contin- ceives blood from both atria and ejects through both great uously evolved including atriopulmonary connection, internal arteries, becomes more or less circular because of the volume tunnel from the IVC to the PA, interposition of a conduit overload; the degree of its remodeling is a useful predictor of between systemic venous return (IVC) and the pulmonary postoperative ventricular dysfunction.38,39 The flow repartition circulation40 (Fig 12). Maintaining the RA in the circuit leads to between the aorta and pulmonary artery is linked to the equi- its massive dilation, with an increased risk of tachyarrhythmias librium between systemic and pulmonary resistances. Shunting and thrombosis.41 Critical issues to these reconstructions are the at the atrial level is crucial for survival. Children with hypo- adequacy of the pulmonary bed, the low PA resistances, the AV plastic ventricles generally do not survive into adulthood with- valvular competency, good systemic ventricular function, and out palliative surgery. Only anecdotal cases have reached adult the sinus rhythm.42 The pulmonary flow drive relies entirely on age because they presented a nonrestrictive ASD and a pulmo- the pressure gradient between the CVP and LAP; a gradient of nary stenosis to limit the pulmonary flow. Different operations 8 to 10 mmHg is necessary to provide this flow, and LAP have been designed to correct these anomalies, like the Fontan should be in the range of 5 to 8 mmHg.42 Any elevation of the and Norwood procedures. They lead to very special hemody- pulmonary resistances (hypoxia, atelectasis), of the intratho- namic situations. racic pressure (Valsalva, IPPV, PEEP), or of the LAP (LV The Fontan operation consists of bypassing the tricuspid failure, mitral regurgitation) dramatically decreases the pulmo-
  • 424 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Fig 12. Fontan procedures. (A) Schematic drawing of the RV bypass by the Glenn procedure (SVC to RPA anastomosis) and the Fontan reconstructions (anastomoses or conduits between the RA or the IVC and the main pulmonary artery). (B) The flow through a Fontan conduit is similar to a central vein flow; it is highly dependent on the systemic venous pressure; during IPPV, it is interrupted when the intrathoracic pressure rises with each mechanical inspiration. (C) In spontaneous respiration, the flow is increased during inspiration when the negative intrathoracic pressure aspirates blood into the pulmonary artery. The flow is situated under the baseline because it is recorded through an IVC-PA conduit with the TEE probe in the transgastric position; the blood is flowing away from the transducer. SVC, superior vena cava; RPA, right pulmonary artery; SV, single ventricle. (Adapted with permission from Chassot and Bettex.116) nary flow. Patients with well-functioning Fontan repairs have cumstances, TEE might be used to adequately manage the an arterial saturation of 95% at room air; an SpO2 below 90% ventilatory pattern of the patient. is the sign of an insufficient flow.42 Arrhythmias are common The entirely passive pulmonary flow determines the hemo- (40% of the cases) and are poorly tolerated.41 Systemic venous dynamic management of these patients when they are under stasis is frequent; 28% of the patients present ascites and some anesthesia.49 During management, the following should be kept protein-losing enteropathy. Hepatic dysfunction may lead to in mind: coagulation disorders.43 The incidence of thromboembolic 1. Hypovolemia is dangerous: a fall in preload immedi- events is 18%.44 The survival rate at 15 years is 75%.45 The ately decreases the pulmonary flow. contractile function of the single ventricle is reduced; the 2. CVP should be at least 15 to 18 mmHg because it is the functional reserve is very limited because of the inability to actual pulmonary arterial pressure. Monitoring the modify the heart rate (arrhythmias and conduction abnormali- CVP is extremely useful, but the risk of thrombosis is ties) and the preload (pulmonary driving pressure).46 The he- very high; the catheter must therefore be removed as modynamic performance is less depressed when the single soon as possible. TEE is a less invasive method for ventricle is the anatomically left ventricle (tricuspid atresia). monitoring the preload. The flow profile through the venopulmonary anastomosis or 3. Pulmonary vascular resistance must be low; acidosis, in the conduit shows a biphasic forward pattern of moderate hypoxia, and hypercarbia must be avoided. Slight hy- velocity (0.2-0.5 m/s).9 A higher flow velocity ( 1.5 m/s), pocarbia is necessary (hyperventilation with low respi- without cyclic variations, and not reaching baseline during ratory pressure). cardiac and/or respiratory cycle, is suggestive of a significant 4. Any increase in LAP is deleterious: LV dysfunction, obstruction.47 The flow pattern is highly dependent on respira- mitral insufficiency, or loss of sinus rhythm with canon tion; it is maximally increased during spontaneous inspiration. waves are poorly tolerated. Flow attenuation or even reversal has been shown during the 5. The subatmospheric intrathoracic pressure during positive-pressure phase of IPPV48 (Fig 12). Under those cir- spontaneous inspiration is the principal drive for the
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 425 Fig 13. TOF. (A) Schematic drawing of the 4 components of the TOF. (B) Aorta overriding the VSD at 120° view, large membranous VSD and hypertrophied right ventricle. (C) Right ventricular hypertrophy with muscular stenosis of the RVOT (arrow). RVH, right ventricular hypertrophy. pulmonary flow. On the contrary, IPPV might interrupt to the systemic circulation through the VSD. The subvalvular the flow during inspiration. Therefore, spontaneous muscular narrowing has an important dynamic component and ventilation is the best choice, as long as hypercapnia behaves like an obstructive cardiomyopathy; any sympathetic and hypoxia do not supervene. If paralysis and IPPV stimulation or loss of preload increases the systolic narrowing are necessary, the airway pressures should be kept as of the outflow tract and deepens the cyanosis. This obstruction low as possible, without PEEP, but with slight hyper- is associated with variable degrees of pulmonary valvular ste- ventilation to induce hypocarbia. nosis and thickening and hypoplastic pulmonary arteries. The 6. The ventricular function is mostly limited and might pulmonary arterial flow and pressure are low. The aorta over- require inotrope stimulation; any further decrease riding the VSD receives blood from both ventricles; the cya- through negative inotropic substances should be nosis is proportional to the degree of mixing. If the systemic avoided. arterial resistance is increased, the proportion of flow coming 7. Epidural anesthesia is a good solution, as long as the from the RV (R-to-L shunt) decreases, and the arterial oxygen preload is stable. A spinal block might induce an acute saturation increases. The aortic valve is enlarged and competent and dangerous drop in venous return.50 in children, but progressive aortic dilation may occur with age, 8. In the postoperative period, spontaneous ventilation mostly in unoperated patients, leading to mild aortic regurgi- should be resumed as soon as possible; prophylactic tation (grade I-II) in 75% of adult cases.51 In 25% of cases, a anticoagulation should be started very early. secundum ASD creates a pentalogy. Coronary anomalies are TOF is the third most common lesion encountered in adults. found in 10% of cases. The basic abnormality is the underdevelopment of the right Patients are cyanosed and show drumstick finger deforma- pulmonary infundibulum; malalignement and deviation of the tion, but blue spells do not occur in adults. They present with parietal band result in an obstruction to pulmonary outflow and a 4/6 systolic ejection murmur and a thrill at the left sternal in a large subaortic VSD. TOF comprises 4 anomalies: mem- border in the second or third intercostal space. A medium- branous VSD, overriding aorta, right ventricular outflow tract frequency mid-diastolic murmur in the third left intercostal (RVOT) and/or pulmonary valve stenosis, and RV hypertrophy space is typical of pulmonary regurgitation. Nonoperated pa- (Fig 13). The RV hypertrophy is secondary to the increased tients have a survival rate of 30% at 10 years and less than 3% afterload because of its outflow obstruction and its connection at 40 years.52 Those who survive into adulthood have either a
  • 426 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Fig 14. Subaortic and aortic disease. (A) A fibromuscular ridge is visible in the LVOT beneath the anterior mitral leaflet (single arrow) and on the septum (double arrow). AoV: aortic valve. (B) Short-axis view of the elliptical opening of a bicuspid aortic valve (Ao); the posterior leaflet ( ) is smaller than the anterior leaflet ( ), which corresponds to the fusion of the right and left coronary cusps. mild degree of pulmonary flow restriction or a pulmonary a permanent cyanosis, pressure overload on the RV, volume blood flow maintained through multiple aortopulmonary col- overload on the LV, and distortion of the pulmonary arteries. laterals originating anywhere in the thoracic arterial system; in Nowadays, the complete correction is performed in infancy or these cases, the diastolic arterial pressure is low because the early childhood ( 2 years), which relieves the cyanosis and blood flows from the thoracic aorta into the low-pressure pul- RV remodeling and allows the pulmonary tree to grow.53,54 monary tree in diastole. Some degree of pulmonary stenosis is Surgical correction of the TOF consists of closing the VSD and found in 10% of adult patients with CHD.1 Anatomically, the enlarging the RVOT and PA. When necessary, a valved conduit image is close to that of a TOF but without a VSD and is placed between the RV to the main PA; unfortunately, these overriding aorta. They are not cyanosed at rest and are fre- conduits have a restricted lifespan and generally require further quently described as “pink Fallot.” If major collateral arteries replacement after a variable lapse of time. Patching the pulmo- can preserve sufficient pulmonary flow, the children with se- nary valve annulus induces regurgitation proportional to the vere pulmonary stenosis or atresia can survive until adoles- relief of the obstruction. The surgical result is therefore a cence or adulthood. compromise between minimal regurgitation and some residual On echocardiographic imaging, the large aortic valve is a gradient; a peak gradient up to 20 mmHg is considered normal. striking feature. It opens to both ventricles by a large subaortic Vmax higher than 3 m/s and gradients above 40 mmHg indicate defect located between the right and noncoronary cusps (Fig significant stenosis.55 The maximal velocity may overestimate 14). The blood flows through the VSD from both ventricular the real gradient because of the phenomenon of pressure re- chambers toward the aorta; there is no clear-cut shunt from the covery in the case of a tubular narrowing or due to an excessive LV to the RV. An intense turbulent flow is shown at the RVOT systolic volume associated with pulmonary regurgitation. The stenotic area; it might be at the subvalvular level (dynamic or long-term survival after early complete correction is 85% at 36 membranous stenosis), at the valvular level (fibrosis and ste- years,56 but numerous patients need a subsequent reoperation. nosis of the pulmonary valve), or in the pulmonary tree (com- The surgical correction might have major long-term se- bined stenoses and membranes). Usually, the maximal velocity quelae: arrhythmias in more than 50% of the cases (right or (3 m/s) peaks in early systole in case of fibrous stenosis, bifascicular bundle-branch block, ventricular ectopy, and atrial whereas it appears later in systole in case of dynamic muscular fibrillation or flutter), residual VSD (10%-20%), RV outflow obstruction. Shunts and collateral circulation appear as contin- tract obstruction, and pulmonary valve/conduit stenosis or re- uous systolic-diastolic turbulent flow images in the posterior gurgitation.57 Advanced age at the time of operation, incom- mediastinum; they can sometimes be traced from the aorta to a plete correction, RV overload, and dysfunction are predispos- pulmonary vessel. ing factors for arrhythmias and sudden death.58 Some degree of In the 1960s and 1970s, surgical correction was not per- pulmonary regurgitation is present in the majority of patients; it formed before the age of 5 to 10 years. Therefore, to maintain is the single most important factor determining the level of RV enough pulmonary flow, many of these patients have had dilation and performance with time.59 In adult cases corrected surgically implemented shunts in infancy (Blalock-Taussig during childhood, the pulmonary regurgitation (PR) might be- shunt between subclavian and R or L pulmonary artery or come the main pathology; when PR becomes severe (grade central aortopulmonary shunts). The burden of this strategy was III-IV), the RV sustains a volume overload, dilates, and finally
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 427 Fig 15. Anatomically corrected transposition of the great arteries. (A) The atrioventricular and the ventriculoarterial junctions are discordant; the anatomic LV, with the mitral valve, is on the right side and connected to a PA. The anatomical RV, with the tricuspid valve and a septal papillary muscle, is on the left side and connected to the aorta. (B) A 4-chamber view: the septal insertions of the mitral and the tricuspid valves (arrow) show that the mitral valve (MV) is connected to the RA and the tricuspid valve (TV) to the LA; the enlarged anatomic RV is on the left side, and the small triangular LV is on the right side. (Adapted with permission from Chassot and Bettex.116) fails. On the other hand, a residual pulmonary stenosis reduces situation happens in patients who survive only because an the pulmonary flow, further increases the RV pressure and important collateral circulation supports the pulmonary flow. hypertrophy (RV:LV pressure ratio 0.5), and may eventually The diastolic blood pressure is usually low because of the lead to RV failure. The correction is performed by interposing continuous flow from the aorta to the low-pressure pulmonary a valved conduit between the RV and the PA, which protects arteries. Moreover, the burden of systemic and pulmonary the ventricle from arrhythmias and volume or pressure over- circulation is on the LV, which is chronically overloaded, and load.60,61 may ultimately fail. Anesthesia for noncorrected patients is governed by 2 he- The function of both ventricles is better preserved if cyanosis modynamic goals: decrease the R-to-L shunt and increase the is absent and if the surgical correction has been made in early pulmonary flow (Fig 15). Systemic arterial vasoconstriction life. However, the disease is not completely cured by surgery. decreases the R-to-L component of the shunt; however, it The major risk is defined by the right ventricular function. In should not be such that the afterload becomes excessive for cases of residual pulmonary valve regurgitation, the RV is both ventricles. The SpO2 is an efficient and immediate means volume overloaded; the goal is to decrease the PVR, which of monitoring the degree of shunting. For increasing pulmonary include hyperventilation, hypocarbia, hyperoxia, low ventila- flow, -blockade is necessary to relieve the systolic narrowing tory pressure. In case of pressure overload because of residual of the RVOT in case of dynamic obstruction; if the obstruction pulmonary stenosis, the risk of RV subendocardial ischemia is fixed (subvalvular membrane, pulmonary valve stenosis), requires maintaining an adequate systemic arterial pressure and -stimulation decreases the shunted component of the RV a normal heart rate. The use of inotropes is frequently neces- systolic volume and increases the flow through the pulmonary sary. The LV sustains a volume overload that is proportional to tree. It is mandatory to keep the patient normovolemic, since the flow through the collateral circulation. Arrhythmias are hypovolemia increases the R-to-L component of the shunt frequent; there is a 60% incidence of bundle-branch block, because of the low systemic arterial pressure. most often right; and ventricular tachycardia happens in 5% of If a palliative aortopulmonary shunt is present (Blalock- the cases.62,63 Taussig or Waterston), the pulmonary perfusion is dependent Stenosis of the LVOT obstruction may be static or dynamic. on the systemic arterial pressure; systemic hypotension de- In the first case, a more or less circular fibrous thickening is creases the pulmonary flow and induces cyanosis. The same present in the middle of the outflow tract; this ridge or dia-
  • 428 CHASSOT AND BETTEX phragm of fibromuscular tissue extends from the interventric- 1. Rashkind procedure: the interatrial septum is torn by ular septum to the anterior leaflet of the mitral valve (Fig 14A). catheterization to create or enlarge an ASD; this is an The aortic valve is frequently hypoplastic. The symptoms are emergency palliative operation performed during the the same as those of an aortic stenosis. The second case is first hours of life. analogous to the LVOT dynamic obstruction of hypertrophic 2. Mustard or Senning procedures: at the atrial level, the idiopathic subaortic stenosis. The blood flow velocity exceeds systemic venous return is redirected to the subpulmonic 2.5 m/s in the LVOT (normal: 1 m/s) and the dynamic gradient ventricle and the pulmonary venous blood to the sub- is greater than 25 mmHg. It is further aggravated by sympa- aortic ventricle by a complex interatrial baffle. Unfor- thetic stimulation, hypovolemia, and arterial vasodilation. Both tunately, the systemic ventricle remains in the RV; it pathologies may accompany a stenosis or regurgitation of the fails after 20 to 25 years because of pressure over- valve itself. Recurrence of subaortic stenosis is frequent be- load.67 cause the development of the LVOT is abnormal. 3. Jatene operation: the great arteries are switched during The surgical treatment consists of resection of the membrane the first 2 to 3 weeks of life, before the remodeling of or of a myectomy of the LVOT; the major complications are an the ventricles takes place. The PA is connected to the accidental VSD because of excessive resection or a residual RV and the aorta to the LV; the coronary arteries are stenosis because of incomplete resection. At postoperative TEE reimplanted. Beyond the postoperative period and its examination, care must be taken to exclude an iatrogenic VSD complications, the life expectancy of these children is and an injury of the mitral or aortic valve. The velocity can still almost normal (97% 10-year survival).68,69 be increased at the septal bulge according to hemodynamic Children with TGA do not survive into adulthood without conditions and may affect the incidence of reoperation.64 The surgical correction, but, when grown up, they do not have impact of TEE examination on surgical results of LVOT re- normal hemodynamic status. After atrial switch (Mustard or construction is very high: in 12% to 55% of the cases, an Senning procedures), tricuspid regurgitation and progressive immediate surgical revision is indicated by the postbypass RV dilation and dysfunction are common because the RV takes examination.65 over the systemic work. The LV is small and squashed by the Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common congenital cardiac RV because of septum encroachment on the LV cavity. A anomaly; its incidence is 2% in the global population.66 It is dynamic LVOT obstruction, most frequently encountered by identified by 2 cusps of unequal size, the larger of which may patients with intact septum, may occur progressively with ad- have a fibrous raphe at the site of fusion. It presents a fish- vancing age because of the low-resistance PA bed being con- mouth opening (Fig 14B). Rarely, the valve may be unicuspid, nected to an anatomic LV chamber. LV dilation and failure with a central hole simultaneously generating stenosis and may supervene in cases of increased pulmonary vascular resis- incompetence. The bicuspid valve is fragile; the stress on the tance. A restriction to systemic or pulmonary venous return leaflets is more pronounced than in a normal valve because because of baffle obstruction may supervene. Atrial tachyar- their edges cannot touch each other anatomically in diastole rhythmias and AV blocks are present in more than half of the and cannot reach the walls of the sinus of Valsalva in systole; patients after 10 years and are very resistant to pharmacologic they vibrate during ejection and give rise to a systolic murmur. With continuous stress over the years, the valve may become treatment.70 calcified and stenotic, usually after the age of 40; by annular After arterial switch (Jatene operation), the hemodynamic dilation, it can also lose tensile strength and become incompe- physiology is close to normal. However, 2 complications dom- tent. The restriction to flow is characterized by a mean gradient inate the long-term survival: regurgitation of the neoaortic above 50 mmHg in cases of severe stenosis and normal LV valve (25% of the cases) and myocardial ischemia caused by function. The auscultation of aortic stenosis is typical, includ- coronary ostial lesions.71,72 RVOT or LVOT obstruction, pos- ing 5/6 systolic ejection murmur with thrill, paradoxic split of sible residual shunt, and LV dysfunction might also be found.73 the second heart sound, and ejection click at the apex. Aortic These patients are particularly sensitive to hypovolemia and bicuspid valve is frequently associated with aortic coarctation -stimulation.74 and perimembranous VSD. A prolapse of the right coronary If an atrioventricular discordance is added to the ventriculo- cusp may supervene in infundibular VSD and aggravate the arterial discordance, the circulation is physiologically corrected pathology. because both the great arteries and the ventricles are inverted; In complete transposition of the great arteries (TGA), the systemic and pulmonary circulation is in continuity. The blood aorta arises from the anatomic RV (subaortic ventricle) and the flows from the RA to the LV and then to the PA and to the PA originates from the anatomic LV (subpulmonic ventricle); lungs; it returns to the LA and then to the RV and to the aorta. there is a ventriculoarterial discordance. The great arteries arise The great arteries are positioned like in TGA and run parallel in parallel at the base of the heart. The aortic valve is anterior, (Fig 15). The position of the infundibulum is such that the aorta to the right, and slightly superior to the pulmonary valve arises anteriorly and to the left of the PA. The anatomic RV is (D-transposition). The PA originates directly above the LVOT. in a left-sided position, and the anatomic LV stays on the right Pulmonary and systemic circulations are running in parallel. side of the heart. Nearly 80% of the patients have a perimem- Survival is possible if an ASD allows mixing between the branous VSD, 50% mitral abnormalities, and 30% tricuspid pulmonary and systemic circuits. A VSD is present in 30% to regurgitation.75 The tricuspid valve might be abnormally dis- 40% of the patients. Three main therapeutic approaches govern placed toward the apex of the ventricle (Ebstein-like anomaly). the surgical treatment. A pulmonary outflow tract obstruction is frequent because it
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 429 lies in an oblique position because of the malalignment of the persist in an adult; it is responsible for an L-to-R shunt, which interventricular septum. may induce an LV dilatation and failure. It is diagnosed by a These patients become symptomatic after adolescence; they 4/6 continuous or systolic crescendo murmur in the upper left are not cyanotic, but their systemic ventricle is an anatomically sternal edge, radiating to the back. At echocardiography, there right ventricle; therefore, it dilates and fails in about 20 to 25 is a persistent diastolic turbulent flow in the distal main pul- years because of pressure overload.76 The diagnosis is fre- monary artery. Patent ductus arteriosus should be closed unless quently overlooked until the signs of progressive ventricular it is tiny. In case of a large patent ductus arteriosus with failure appear. AV blocks are frequent.77 gradient 60 mmHg between the aorta and pulmonary artery, The prevalence of coarctation of the aorta is 0.2% of births.78 the closure is recommended only if the associated PHT is A ridge of dense tissue narrows the lumen of the aorta at the reversible. level of the isthmus. The aortic arch above the lesion is dilated Coronary arteries may present anomalous origin from differ- and highly pulsatile, whereas the descending aorta distal to the ent aortic coronary sinuses or from a single common trunk or coarctation is much less expansive in systole. Aortic coarcta- from the pulmonary artery. They may also present anomalous tion is frequently associated with bicuspid aortic valve (50% of termination into the RV or the PA. This situation leads to a the cases) and ductus arteriosus (20% of the cases). The pres- fistula or a shunt between LV and RV. The effective shunt sure overload on the LV induces a concentric hypertrophy; the (Qp/Qs) is usually around 1.6.84 A biventricular dysfunction is systolic function is preserved, but diastolic dysfunction is frequently present. usual. The disease is characterized by arterial hypertension in the arms and hypotension in inferior limbs; the gradient of GENERAL ISSUES IN ANESTHESIA pressure is at least 20 mmHg. There is a 3/6 systolic murmur Adolescent or adult patients suffering from CHD share many audible on the left midthoracic area in the back. If the coarc- common features.85,86 They present 5 major independent risk tation is very narrowed, an important collateral network main- factors: PHT, cyanosis, reoperation, arrhythmias, and ventric- tains the distal perfusion through periscapular, internal mam- ular dysfunction. RV and/or LV failure is linked to the etiology mary, cervical, and intercostal arteries. Dilation and increased and to the degree of remodeling; it is directly associated with pulsatility of intercostal arteries cause a notching at the inferior the age and with the degree of cyanosis. Their average opera- edge of the ribs, which is typical on chest x-rays. The majority tive mortality of 7% is higher than the mortality of children of nonoperated patients die between 30 and 40 years from LV with similar pathologies. They show an elevated incidence of failure, endocarditis, aortic rupture, or cerebral hemorrhage.78 arrhythmias ( 50%) compared with children (15%). The pul- The operative risk is inversely proportional to the length of monary circulation is usually abnormal; there is PHT because the stenosis and to the degree of collateralization. When col- of volume and/or pressure overload, or the flow is limited and laterals are well developed, clamping of the aorta does not insufficient at exercise. They suffer from the systemic effects of increase upstream pressure more than 25 to 30 mmHg.79 Usu- hypoxia and increased hematocrit on peripheral organs: the ally, the stenosis is short, and the resected area is small; the kidneys, the lungs, the brain, and the hematologic system show surgeon can perform a direct end-to-end anastomosis. A patch signs of more or less severe dysfunction. Finally, they have with the left subclavian artery or with prosthetic material is coagulation disorders and an increased hemorrhagic risk sometimes necessary to prevent a residual stenosis. The clamp- (Table 1). ing time is 15 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the downstream The flow through a shunt is proportional to the diameter of pressure must be kept 60 mmHg with an arterial vasocon- the defect or the conduit and to the ratio of the impedances strictor (phenylephrine and norepinephrine). The operation is between the upstream and the downstream cavities. An R-to-L performed through a left thoracotomy and requires a double- shunt (TOF, TGA, VSD, and pulmonary atresia) increases lumen endotracheal tube for exclusion of the left lung. After the when systemic arterial resistances decrease or pulmonary re- procedure, the immediate decrease of the diastolic arterial sistances increase (Table 2). The SpO2 varies with the Qp/Qs pressure is a good marker of the absence of significant residual ratio and monitors very precisely the degree of mixing of gradient. Postoperative paraplegia because of medullary isch- arterial and venous blood. Increasing the inspired oxygen con- emia occurs in 0.1% to 0.4% of the patients.80 centration has minimal effect on cyanosis because of an R-to-L Postoperative hypertension is frequent and peaks at 12 to 24 shunt, whereas arterial vasoconstriction (phenylephrine and hours because of an acute firing of the baroreceptors adjusted to norepinephrine) increases arterial oxygen saturation. The pres- the previous high upstream pressure; there is a second peak ence of a shunt modifies the speed of induction of intravenous after 2 to 3 days linked to an excessive level of renin and and inhaled agents.87,88 angiotensin. Hypertension persists in 20% to 50% of the pa- An L-to-R shunt (ASD, VSD, and AV canal) decreases with tients.81 In the first postoperative days, a mesenteric arteritis is a drop in SVR (Table 3). The major problem is usually the frequent because of sympathetic hyperactivity; it produces se- presence of PHT. An elevated SpO2 is no guarantee that oxygen vere abdominal pain.82 Even if the lesion has been corrected in transport is satisfactory; with a Qp/Qs 3/1, the oxygen trans- childhood, it may recur in the young adult.83 Systemic hyper- port decreases even if the arterial blood is correctly oxygen- tension and left ventricular hypertrophy may persist after cor- ated.89 The purpose of a peripheral L-to-R shunt (Blalock- rection in up to one third of the cases. Taussig, Waterston, and aortopulmonary collateralization) is to Many arterial anomalies can happen at the level of the aortic make up for insufficient pulmonary flow; because its dimension arch including hypoplasia, ductus arteriosus, aortopulmonary is fixed, its output is proportional to the systemic arterial fistulae, and coronary anomalies. A small ductus arteriosus may pressure (the pulmonary flow falls in case of systemic hypo-
  • 430 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Table 1. Risk Factors in Anesthesia in Case of Adult Congenital Table 3. Congenital Heart Diseases With L-to-R Shunt and Heart Disease Increased Pulmonary Flow (Qp *) Pulmonary hypertension (PVR 500 dynes/s/cm5) Pathologies: atrial septal defect (ASD), atrioventricular canal (AV Cyanosis (SaO2 85%, Hb 150 g/L, Ht 55%) canal), ventricular septal defect (VSD), anomalous venous Reoperation connections, ductus arteriosus. Arrhythmias ( 50% of the cases) Cyanosis absent, normal hematocrit Ventricular dysfunction Increased pulmonary flow ASD: RV volume overload VSD: LV volume overload Longstanding L-to-R shunt (VSD) leads to pulmonary hypertension tension). The SpO2 decreases with the SVR; arterial vasocon- and RV pressure overload. striction (phenylephrine and norepinephrine) increases arterial To decrease the shunt: + SVR, * PVR. oxygen saturation. These patients show a chronic low diastolic Anesthesia management aims at pressure that might endanger coronary perfusion. SVR decrease (isoflurane, intrathecal or epidural anesthesia) Cyanosis is caused by an insufficient pulmonary flow (pul- PVR increase (hypoventilation, slight hypercarbia, FIO2 0.3) monary atresia) or a contamination of arterial blood by venous Preload increase; hypovolemia poorly tolerated because of blood (R-to-L shunt). In an R-to-L shunt, the blood bypassing volume sequestration in pulmonary bed the lungs corresponds to an increase in nonoxygenated blood in Induction with intravenous substances is slowed; halogenated gas the lungs (deadspace effect). In this case, the measured end- uptake is increased tidal carbon dioxide (PETCO2) underestimates the actual Palliative shunts (Blalock-Taussig) or aortopulmonary collaterals Flow through the shunt is fixed and proportional to systemic PaCO2. These patients maintain a normal ventilatory response blood pressure to hypercapnia but show a blunted response to hypoxemia.90 SVR decrease leads to decrease in pulmonary flow They hyperventilate chronically to compensate for the poor Hypotension leads to low SpO2 CO2 disposal. Because of the low arterial oxygen saturation, the Abbreviations: SVR, systemic vascular resistances; PVR, pulmonary hematocrit increases up to 65% to 70% to match the oxygen vascular resistances; SpO2, pulse oximetry; Qp, pulmonary blood flow. transport. The hyperviscosity of a high hematocrit increases the cardiac ejection work and the risk of spontaneous thromboses, particularly when these patients are fasting or dehydrated. The cyanosis of these patients is less obvious when they are anemic Cyanotic diseases have the following effects on organs and because the degree of cyanosis depends on the concentration of systems: unsaturated hemoglobin. 1. Effects on myocardium: chronic systolic and diastolic ventricular dysfunction and increased ischemic risk.63 2. Hematologic effects: increase of the mass and stiffness Table 2. Congenital Heart Diseases With R-to-L Shunt and of erythrocytes, hyperviscosity, and gallstones because Decreased Pulmonary Flow (Qp +) of the excess of heme ring.91 Pathologies: single ventricle (univentricular AV connection, 3. Effects on coagulation: decrease in von Willebrand tricuspid atresia), tetralogy of Fallot, palliated Fallot, factor and platelet function and increased fibrinolysis;92 transposition of great arteries, pulmonary atresia the measured thrombocytopenia is usually artifactual Cyanosis present, increased hematocrit (Ht 55%). because of the increase in erythrocyte volume. When To reduce the shunt and increase SaO2: * SVR, + PVR. hematocrit is above 55%, the values of PT and PTT are Qp/Qs monitoring: SpO2 misleading because of the relative excess of citrate in PETCO2 underestimates PaCO2 Anesthesia management aims at: the samples compared with the reduced plasma vol- SVR increase* ( 1-stimulation); neuraxial blockade poorly ume93; false hypoglycemia might also occur because of tolerated the glycolysis from the excess number of erythrocytes. PVR decrease;* general anesthesia with normobaric 4. Effects on kidneys: the chronic hypoxemia leads to hyperventilation (hypocarbia, alcalosis) is prefered proliferative lesions in the glomeruli and to a thicken- Keep Ht 40% in patients with important R-to-L shunt or ing of the basal membrane, resulting in proteinuria and decreased pulmonary flow (SaO2 75%) uric acid increase; the level of uric acid in the plasma After Fontan procedures: spontaneous ventilation as possible is a good marker of the renal hemodynamics of cya- Decrease dynamic RV outflow tract obstruction by -blocker notic patients.94 To increase SaO2: * SVR ( 1-stimulation); * FIO2 without effect; 5. Neurologic effects: in adults with R-to-L shunts, the ideal SaO2: 80%-85% Induction with IV substances is accelerated; halogenated gas incidence of cerebral abscesses is increased but not the uptake is slowed incidence of cerebral vascular accidents.5,95,96 Fifty percent of the emergency hospitalizations are justified Abbreviations: SVR, systemic vascular resistances; PVR, pulmonary by threatening arrhythmias.97 Atrial tachyarrhythmias are fre- vascular resistances; SaO2, arterial oxygen saturation; SpO2, pulse oximetry; Qp, pulmonary blood flow; Qs, systemic blood flow; quent after correction of an ASD, Senning procedure, or when PETCO2, end-tidal carbon dioxide. atria are enlarged; AV blocks are usual after surgery at the level *In case of noncorrected transposition of great arteries or single of the AV junction (perimembranous VSD). Ventricular tachy- ventricle (rare in adults), Qp should be balanced with Qs (1:1) by an cardia may supervene in any congenital disease but is particu- adequate balance of SVR and PVR. larly frequent in corrected TOF with pulmonary valve insuffi-
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 431 est PaCO2 with the lowest mean intrathoracic pressure, remem- PVR bering that the duration of inspiration raises the mean intratho- Extra-alveolar vessels racic pressure more than the peak value of the inspiratory pressure.104 Fearing the interferences of the IPPV, the anesthe- Alveolar vessels siologist frequently prefers an intrathecal or epidural blockade to general anesthesia. This might not be a good choice for 3 reasons. First, the incremental pressure of IPPV represents a Total PVR weak increase compared with the already elevated pulmonary pressure and the RV is well adapted to a high afterload; second, IPPV allows hyperventilation and therefore a decrease in PVR; and third, the arterial vasodilation secondary to neuraxial FRC blockade will worsen the R-to-L component of the shunt and aggravate the cyanosis of the patient. The tolerance to IPPV can be tested before induction by the observation of the arterial pressure tracing during a Valsalva maneuver; if the ventilatory pressure variations are stabilized and if the mean arterial pres- sure decreases 20% of its baseline value, IPPV can be started without fear. The inhaled and intravenous anesthetic agents have minimal effects on pulmonary circulation, except for ketamine, nitrous oxide, and desflurane, which increase Pulmonary volume PAP.103,105 Ketamine is useful in all sick children with CHD but Fig 16. PVR and ventilation. At low tidal volume, hypercarbia and is poorly adapted to the hemodynamic conditions of adults atelectasis increase vascular resistances in small alveolar vessels. AT because it increases PVR and myocardial oxygen consump- high tidal volume (hyperinflation), large extra-alveolar vessels are tion.104 mechanically compressed. Total PVR presents a “U”-shaped curve, The therapeutic measures to treat PHT are described in Table with its lowest value at the functional residual capacity (FRC). 4. Except for hyperventilation, inhaled prostanoids, and NO, all the substances used for reducing PHT have also some systemic vasodilating effect. The arterial vasodilators (phentolamine, ciency and RV dilatation.4,98 The incidence of sudden death is nitroprusside) are useless for the treatment of congenital PHT increased in CHD patients. because they aggravate the R-to-L shunt and because the pul- The criterion of PHT is a mean pulmonary arterial pressure monary vascular tree is almost devoid of 1 receptors.106 In the 25 mmHg at rest and 30 mmHg during exercise or PVR operating room or intensive care unit, the nonclosure or the 300 dynes/s/cm5. The most frequent origin is a nonrestrictive reopening of the pericardium and sternum after cardiac surgery L-to-R shunt with a pressure overload; it already appears dur- improves RV function and decreases ventricular interdepen- ing childhood in 50% of the patients with VSD or AV canal but dence. in only 10% of the adult patients with an ASD.99 The hyper- Poor ventricular performance is frequent among adult pa- tension is associated with a progressive muscular hypertrophy tients suffering from CHD. This is secondary to the following of the media layers of the arteries; it leads to a hypertension that phenomena67: is at first reactive for many years but becomes secondarily 1. Ventricular remodeling: concentric hypertrophy be- fixed. This last stage is the Eisenmenger syndrome, character- cause of pressure overload and spherical dilatation of a ized by PVR 800 dynes/s/cm5. The flow through an L-to-R single ventricle, for example; the LV ejection fraction shunt becomes first bidirectional and then reversed; it is the calculation is not valid when the shape of the ventricle main origin of an outbreak of cyanosis in adults.34 The survival is abnormal, and the dimensions in systole and diastole of patients with severe PHT is more favorable in adults suffer- are more adequate criteria. For the LV, the upper limit ing from CHD than from primary PHT.100,101 of short-axis diameter is 2.5 cm/m2 in end-systole and The limited compliance of the pulmonary vascular system 4.5 cm/m2 in end-diastole. precludes the possibility of adapting to blood volume varia- 2. Duration without correction: the longer the period be- tions. A decrease in arterial pressure because of hypovolemia or fore surgical correction, the more extensive the ven- vasodilation worsens the R-to-L component of the shunt. As tricular lesions. long as the pulmonary arterial pressure is not fixed, it overre- 3. Type of overload: a volume overload is better tolerated acts to sympathetic stimuli and to variations in pulmonary H than a pressure overload; the RV fails when the PAP is concentration; hypothermia, stress, pain, acidosis, hypercarbia, chronically above 50 mmHg. and hypoxia will aggravate the hypertension.102 4. Cyanosis: the myocardial oxygen consumption is be- Ventilating these patients is a compromise between active yond the possibility of the oxygen transport at exertion, hyperventilation and the preservation of a low intrathoracic and the myocardium is chronically ischemic. pressure. The ideal tidal volume corresponds to the functional 5. Ischemia: microvascular occlusions because of hyper- residual capacity103 (Fig 16). It is necessary to manipulate the viscosity and low perfusion pressure because of a shunt respiratory rate, the tidal volume, and the ventilatory mode induce chronic myocardial ischemia; coronary athero- (volume- or pressure-controlled ventilation) to obtain the low- matous disease may be superimposed in the adult.
  • 432 CHASSOT AND BETTEX Table 4. Summary of the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension SVR, volemia, and systolic function and allows frequent arte- Deepening anesthesia (fentanyl, sufentanil), rewarming the patient rial blood gases analyses. The usual central venous access may Acute treatment without vasodilating effect on SVR be problematic because of anatomic abnormality (left SVC) or Hyperventilation: PaCO2 25-30 mmHg, pH 7.45 previous surgical reconstruction. After a Fontan procedure, for Hyperoxia: FIO2 1.0 example, the CVP measures the pulmonary arterial inflow Low intrathoracic pressure (mean: 6-10 mmHg) pressure (which must be at least 15 mmHg). NO: 10-50 ppm in inspiratory limb The pulmonary artery catheter is not of paramount impor- Aerosolized prostanoid (iloprost 20 g over 15 min) tance in CHD patients because filling pressures are not repre- Magnesium sulfate (5-10 mmol) sentative of actual volemia or ventricular function in these Treatment of RV failure highly abnormal hemodynamics. The variations of pulmonary -Stimulating drugs: dobutamine, isoprenaline flow are better transcribed by the pulse oximetry. The place- Anti-phosphodiesterases-3: milrinone (0.5 g/kg/min) Norepinephrine (* coronary perfusion pressure) ment of the pulmonary catheter is frequently problematic or Adaptation of RV preload (according to CVP) even impossible, such as in cases of R-to-L shunt (risk of being Opening/nonclosure of pericardium and sternum routed in LA) or tight pulmonary stenosis, and after Fontan IABP (* coronary perfusion pressure) procedures or atrial switch (Mustard or Senning operations). Acute and chronic treatment with vasodilating effect on SVR Moreover, the presence of a shunt or a tricuspid regurgitation Epoprostenol perfusion (2-5 ng/kg/min) biases the calculations of cardiac output and derived data. Adenosine (6-12 mg intravenous) Transesophageal echocardiography is certainly a more useful Antiphosphodiesterases-5: dipyridamole (0.5 mg/kg intravenous) monitor because it provides multiple information on anatomy, sildenafil (50-100 mg/d per os) L-arginine remodeling, pathophysiology, volume status, and ventricular Antiendothelin: bosentan (125-250 mg/d per os) function (see later). If necessary, catheters can be introduced Antiangiotensin: losartan (50-100 mg/d per os) Calcium entry blockers (nifedipine, 15% responders) surgically into the pulmonary artery or the left atrium during cardiac procedures. Abbreviations: SVR, systemic vascular resistances; CVP, central The choice of the anesthetic agents is governed by their venous pressure; IABP, intra-aortic balloon pump. hemodynamic consequences including decrease in preload and systemic afterload (propofol, midazolam), sympathetic stimu- In the perioperative management of patients with CHD, the lation (ketamine), tachycardia, and negative inotropic effect priority for the anesthesiologist is a correct understanding of (thiopental); the least disturbing induction agent is etomidate. the peculiar pathophysiology of his/her patient, as it appears in Isoflurane has arterial vasodilating properties useful to decrease the data of the echocardiography, the catheterization, and the the SVR. Desflurane abruptly raises the PVR when the inspired records of previous surgery. There is no general recipe; the concentration is increased;105 this might have dramatic conse- choice of the anesthesia technique is adapted to the hemody- quences in patients with augmented pulmonary flow. The pres- namic peculiarities of every single case. In patients with an ence of a shunt modifies the speed of induction of intravenous R-to-L shunt or low pulmonary flow, it is particularly important and inhaled agents. The direct passage of blood from the to know the SpO2 at room air without any medication. venous return to the arterial tree in an R-to-L shunt speeds up Hypoventilation and hypoxia have catastrophic effects on the effects of intravenous agents, whereas uptake and release of patients with low pulmonary flow or an R-to-L shunt; therefore, inhaled agents are slowed because the pulmonary flow is min- a light premedication without opiates is recommended before imal.87 An L-to-R shunt has opposite but limited consequences; operation. With the preoperative fasting, cyanotic patients with the induction of anesthesia with intravenous agents is mini- high hematocrit may be in danger of dehydration, low periph- mally slowed, and the effect on uptake and release of inhaled eral flow, acidosis, and thrombosis; these patients benefit from agents is negligible in clinical practice.88 Maintaining normo- an intravenous perfusion. thermia is mandatory as long as the patients are not on cardio- Previous surgical procedures modify the possible accesses for pulmonary bypass; hypothermia may induce pulmonary vaso- equipment and monitoring. For example, the blood pressure is not constriction and coagulation disorders. It is an independent obtainable on the side of a Blalock-Taussig shunt; there is no predictor of postoperative cardiac complications.108 access to the RA or RV after a Fontan procedure. In patients with It is frequently thought by clinical practitioners that regional shunts, drastic precautions must be taken to prevent any accidental anesthesia is less disturbing than general anesthesia. This is cer- injection of air bubbles through venous lines; paradoxic emboli are tainly true for peripheral limb blocks; however, epidural and a constant threat in patients with R-to-L shunts or during the intrathecal anesthesia have 3 major drawbacks: they induce arte- reversal phases of the flow through an L-to-R shunt (Fig 5B). rial vasodilation, reduce preload, and do not allow hyperventila- The pulse oximeter is the single most important monitoring tion. By decreasing the SVR, neuraxial blockade aggravates an device in CHD. It gives information on the effective pulmonary R-to-L shunt and a bidirectional shunt with PHT; it diminishes the flow, the Qp/Qs ratio, and the reciprocal variations of pulmo- flow through a palliative aortopulmonary shunt.5 On the contrary, nary and systemic vascular resistances. However, it is of no it is helpful to decrease the effects of an L-to-R shunt (ASD and help in the case of a large L-to-R shunt (Qp/Qs 3:1). When VSD). High thoracic epidural anesthesia (C7-T6 level) induces there is an R-to-L shunt, the PETCO2 underestimates the real cardiac sympatholysis but does not decrease PHT because human PaCO2 because of the deadspace effect of the blood volume pulmonary vessels are poorly innervated and lack 1-recep- avoiding the lungs.107 An invasive monitor of arterial pressure tors.102,106 General anesthesia with controlled ventilation affords is the second most important device. It gives immediate data on the advantage of hyperventilating the patient and reducing the
  • ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE 433 PHT; this outweighs the risk of increasing the RV afterload 1. For hemodynamic monitoring during cardiac and non- because the PVR is already so elevated that the increase in in- cardiac surgery; because of the complex anatomy and trathoracic pressure has only minimal effect on the impedance to pathophysiology of these cases, the classic measure- ejection of the hypertrophied RV. ments of pressure must be completed by an echocar- Major hemodynamic modifications happen in pregnant diographic study to correctly understand the peculiar women including increases in blood volume ( 50%), cardiac hemodynamic behavior of these patients and evaluate output ( 30%-40%), and heart rate ( 30%), and a decrease in their volume status and ventricular function. SVR.109 The pulmonary flow tends to be overloaded in cases of 2. For the diagnosis of unexpected intraoperative find- L-to-R shunt, whereas an R-to-L shunt increases its flow and ings, which happen in 2% to 7% of cases. the patient becomes more cyanotic. In the presence of PHT, the 3. For evaluation of the surgical corrections during car- maternal death rate varies from 30% to 70% according to the diac surgery; immediate revision is prompted by TEE pathology. Most deaths occur between 2 and 9 days postpar- in up to 7% of the cases. tum.110 In aortic coarctation, the increase in cardiac output is Although most of the outcome studies in CHD patients are mediated exclusively by an increase in heart rate because the directed at pediatric patients, it seems reasonable to assume that systolic volume is restricted by the stenosis. The rate of cardiac their conclusions are valid for adult surgery.73 In cardiac sur- complications including ventricular failure, thrombosis, ar- gery, unexpected findings of the prebypass examination lead to rhythmia, endocarditis, and aortic dissection during pregnancy modifications in surgical plans in up to 7% of cases.116,117 After is 32%.111 Cyanosis is an important prognostic factor; in cya- bypass, the rate of immediate surgical revision induced by notic women, the mortality and morbidity rates are close to postbypass TEE examination is 3% to 7%.118,119 Procedures 50%, whereas it is only 15% in noncyanotic patients.112 An that benefit most are valvular repairs, outflow tract reconstruc- SpO2 85%, an Hb level 15 g/dL, and PHT before preg- tions, and complex AV discordances.120 The sensitivity and nancy are independent prognostic factors of increased cardiac specificity of TEE to determine the necessity of reoperation risk. reach 89% and 100%, respectively.64,65 Postbypass TEE might The recommendations for anesthesia in the most common also reveal residual defects without clinical significance in 15% diseases can be summarized as follows110,113,114: to 38%.117,119 Patients who leave the operating room with 1. L-to-R shunt (ASD and VSD): avoid increase in SVR; significant residual defects tend to have a poorer outcome than intrathecal and epidural blockade are indicated for vag- those with immediate complete correction.118,119 Postbypass inal delivery and cesarean section. ventricular performance is in itself an important predictor of 2. Corrective or palliative L-to-R shunt (Blalock-Taussig, survival; patients with severely diminished ventricular function Waterston): avoid decrease in SVR, general anesthesia have a greater incidence of early death than those with pre- is recommended, and epidural anesthesia is possible if served function (35% v 4%, respectively).121 the sympathetic blockade is very progressive. The rates of new diagnoses (2%-7%) and immediate revision 3. Coarctation of the aorta: maintain tachycardia and (3%-7%) in cardiac surgery plead for a routine use of TEE in SVR, general anesthesia is preferred, and intrathecal CHD because unexpected findings cannot be foreseen in some anesthesia is contraindicated. categories of patients. In complex cases, routine TEE results in 4. TOF: general anesthesia is preferred to neuraxial significant decreases in hospital costs because it decreases the blockade, although epidural anesthesia is possible if the rate of residual defects and therefore the rate of delayed reop- sympathetic blockade is very progressive; esmolol and eration.122,123 Moreover, the perioperative hemodynamic man- phenylephrine should be used in case of hypoxic crisis; agement of ventricular function and volemia are more accurate intrathecal anesthesia is contraindicated. with TEE, which has a “medical” impact that reaches 25% in 5. Eisenmenger syndrome, R-to-L shunt: general anesthesia cardiac as well as in noncardiac surgery.117,120 However, insti- with normobaric hyperventilation, epidural anesthesia is tutional surgical abilities and echocardiographic experience exceptionally possible if the sympathetic blockade is very directly affect the clinical impact; the rate of return to bypass progressive and if the preload of the RV is well pre- for incomplete repair decreases from 9.6% to 0% when an served,115 and intrathecal anesthesia is contraindicated. experienced perioperative echocardiographer is replaced by an Patients with CHD are at increased risk of endocarditis and insufficiently trained anesthesiologist, and the rate of the should benefit from an appropriate prophylactic antibiotic for missed residual problems after bypass increases from 21% to every procedure with a probability of bacterial contamination, 74%.124 such as surgical operations, dental treatment, and endoscopic As already mentioned, TEE offers the opportunity to nonin- procedures. The risks of endocarditis differ according to the vasively evaluate intracavitary pressures with the simplified hemodynamic characteristics of the disease. They are highest in Bernoulli equation ( P 4 Vmax2). The systolic pulmonary patients with prosthetic material and in those with high-velocity artery pressure (PAP) can be easily calculated if the patient has jets such as in VSD, TOF, AV canal, and valvular stenosis. a tricuspid regurgitation, which is usually the case when PHT They are lower when the pathology produces low-velocity is present. In the absence of pathology in the RVOT or the abnormal flows (ASD and PFO), when a VSD is spontaneously pulmonary valve, the systolic RV pressure is identical to the occluded, or after surgical correction with a patch of autologous PAPs, which equal the sum of the systolic pressure gradient pericardium. ( P) between the RV and RA and the right atrial pressure In the management of adult CHD, TEE is useful for the (RAP): PAPs 4 (Vmax2)TR RAP. anesthesiologist in 3 circumstances116: This assumption is incorrect in the presence of a nonrestric-
  • 434 CHASSOT AND BETTEX tive VSD because the upstream pressure is then the left ven- the long evolution of the diseases make every case unique. The tricular pressure. However, the Vmax of the LV-to-RV shunt is priority for the anesthesiologist in charge is a thorough under- proportional to the pressure difference between both ventricles standing of the pathophysiology and hemodynamics of each in systole. If the aortic valve and aorta are normal, the systemic patient. Even if these cases are not frequent, their number is arterial pressure is roughly equivalent to the LV maximal such that every anesthesiologist might encounter them in his/ pressure. The right ventricular systolic pressure can be calcu- her practice, particularly for noncardiac surgery. Because the lated by the difference between systolic arterial pressure and knowledge of CHD is mainly concentrated in hospitals that run the pressure difference across the shunt ( P): right ventricular a program of congenital cardiac surgery, adult CHD patients systolic pressure systolic arterial pressure 4 (Vmax2)VSD. are best followed up in dedicated tertiary centers that have a If pulmonary regurgitation is present, the pulmonary dia- multidisciplinary expertise in these particular patients.125,126 stolic pressure can be estimated by the pressure gradient Moderate-to-severe cases should be transferred to these spe- through the pulmonary valve in diastole. If the RV diastolic cialized teams even for noncardiac surgery. However, this may pressure is equal to the RAP, the formula becomes: pulmonary be difficult when the operation is urgent. 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