Congenital Heart Surgery Nomenclature and Database Project: Aortopulmonary window

J. P. Jacobs, J. A. Quintessenza, J. W. Gaynor, R. P. Burke, C. Mavroudis

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The extant nomenclature for aortopulmonary window (AP window) and pulmonary artery origin from ascending aorta (hemitruncus) is reviewed for the purpose of establishing a unified reporting system. The subject was debated and reviewed by members of the STS-Congenital Heart Surgery Database Committee and representatives from the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery. All efforts were made to include all relevant nomenclature categories using synonyms where appropriate. A comprehensive database set is presented that is based on a hierarchical scheme. Data are entered at various levels of complexity and detail that can be determined by the clinician. These data can lay the foundation for comprehensive risk stratification analyses. A minimum database set is also presented that will allow for data sharing and would lend itself to basic interpretation of trends. Outcome tables relating diagnoses, procedures, and various risk factors are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S44-S49
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
StatePublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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