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...
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 artery (the artery that carries deoxygenated blood from the right side of heart chamber to the lungs) in infants and children with inadequate pulmonary blood flow regardless of size.
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...
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 defects.
Steps to take before the surgery
The surgery may seem scary, but our doctors at Medanta will ensure your child is fully prepared and does not feel any discomfort during the surgery. Discuss with the doctor the risks, complications, and the aftercare of the procedure.
What happens during the surgery?
A shunt is a synthetic tube, with a size of 3 cm in diameter which allows movement of fluid from one part of the body to another. A portion of the systemic artery is connected to the pulmonary artery during the procedure through this shunt. A biological detour is created inside the heart, creating a clear pathway for blood to reach the lungs for oxygen.
After the surgery
A blood thinner, Aspirin is given to the infant to prevent blood clot formation. The child should always be given water, and should not get dehydrated. In case, the child has excessive sweating or breathing problems, refer to a paediatrician immediately.
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