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Systemic to Pulmonary Shunt

The systemic to pulmonary shunt procedure is a temporary procedure performed in children who are not getting enough blood to the lungs for full oxygenation (blue babies).

The typical diagnosis associated with this procedure used to be tetralogy of Fallot, although now most of these young patients undergo complete correction early in life. Inova pediatric cardiac surgeons currently use the shunt procedure in complex defects such as tricuspid atresia or pulmonary atresia.