Palliative Blalock and Taussig Shunts (BT shunts)

What are Palliative Blalock and Taussig Shunts (BT shunts)?

Palliative Blalock and Taussig Shunts (BT Shunt) is a surgery performed to connect the systemic artery (which carries oxygenated blood to the body from heart) with the pulmonary...

How does it help?

The surgery is performed to ensure normal blood flow in the infant’s  body. It is not done to correct heart defects but is done to manage symptoms associated with heart defec...

How is it done?

What are the benefit and risks of this procedure?

The surgery has revolutionised the world of medical procedures, but as any other surgery, it also has a few risks associated with it.

The advantages of the surgery are:

  • Improves blood flow to the lungs.
  • Restores the oxygen level in the blood.
  • Improves the quality of life of the infant.

  • Obstruction is a shunt.
  • Infection due to the tube.
  • Hyper blood flow to the lungs, the risk of blood vessel damage, or reduction in the flow of blood to the brain and body.
    Nerve injury.

It does not correct the defect, but only resolves the symptoms.

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