Pleural flap for treating perigraft leak after a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt.

Ugurlu B., Sariosmanoglu O., Metin S., Hazan E., Oto O.

The Annals of thoracic surgery, vol.73, no.5, pp.1638-40, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 73 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0003-4975(01)03365-3
  • Journal Name: The Annals of thoracic surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1638-40
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Plasa oozing through the graft after a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt is a troublesome complication. We encountered a massive leak following a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt in a 21/2 year-old-girl which required reexploration. The leak was treated by wrapping the polytetrafluoroethylene shunt with the parietal pleura flap harvested from the adjacent chest wall. The patient had an uneventful recovery. Covering of the polytetrafluoroethylene shunt with parietal pleura appears to stop plasma leak through the graft following a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt.