Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 1982; 30(3): 184-186
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-1022241
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Complete Atrioventricular Canal: Current Surgical Technique

V. Srinivasan, A. Guru, J. J. Broda, S. Subramanian
  • Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Children's Hospital, Buffalo, New York, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
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Publication Date:
19 March 2008 (online)


The technique we currently use for repair of complete atrioventricular canal requires 2 separate patches for closure of the atrial and ventricular portion of the defect. The common AV valve is left undivided and is sandwiched between these 2 patches. The cleft in the anterior mitral leaflet is left unsutured to create a trileaflet mitral valve. This technique has been employed in 10 patients (Type C: 9 patients; Type A: one patient; ages: 6 months to 4 1/2 years).