Thorac cardiovasc Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1584908
Original Cardiovascular
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Over Ten Years of Experience with a Modified Right Atrial Anastomosis in Orthotopic Heart Transplantation: Follow-up and Comparison with the Biatrial and Bicaval Technique

Katharina Huenges1, Bernd Panholzer1, Katharina Fritzsche1, Ole Broch2, Jochen Renner2, Christine Friedrich1, Azizolah Rahimi-Barfeh1, Alexander Reinecke1, Jochen Cremer1, Assad Haneya1
  • 1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
  • 2Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
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08 April 2016

23 May 2016

Publication Date:
05 July 2016 (eFirst)


Background In 1997, a modified right atrial anastomosis (cavoatrial technique) for orthotopic heart transplantation (oHTx) was first developed in our institution. The purpose of this study is to report our long-term experience with this technique compared with biatrial and bicaval technique.

Methods Retrospectively, 202 consecutive oHTx between 1997 and 2013 were analyzed. The applied transplantation techniques were biatrial (n = 108), bicaval (n = 22), and cavoatrial (n = 72).

Results Demographic data were similar in all groups. The cardiopulmonary bypass and cross-clamp time were significantly shorter in the biatrial group. Follow-up echocardiographic examination showed excellent results in all groups with no relevant differences. After 1 year, occurrence of severe tricuspid regurgitation (biatrial 1.9% vs bicaval 0.0% vs cavoatrial 1.4%) was low in all groups. Rate of permanent pacemaker implantations was also low (12.0% vs 5.0% vs 11.1%). There were no significant differences in survival between the groups.

Conclusion The cavoatrial technique can be a safe and simple alternative for heart transplantation. Easy handling and similar reduced postoperative complications encourage the use of this technique.


Parts of this manuscript were presented (Scientific poster) at the Annual Meeting of the German Transplantation Society (DTG) in Dresden, Germany on October 22, 2015.