The Rate of Hepatic Fibrosis Progression in Patients Post-Fontan
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This investigation analyzed the rate of hepatic fibrosis progression in post-Fontan patients that underwent hepatic biopsy. The study cohort comprised post-Fontan patients that underwent cardiac catheterization and transvenous liver biopsy between March 2012 and September 2019. We identified 126 patients that met inclusion criteria. Of the 126, 27 (21%) had a lateral tunnel Fontan, and 99 (79%) had an extracardiac Fontan. For the 27 lateral tunnel Fontan patients, age at Fontan was 4 ± 2 years, and for the 99 extracardiac Fontan patients age at Fontan was 4 ± 2 years (p = 0.98). For the 27 lateral tunnel Fontan patients, the average total fibrosis score was 3.0 ± 1.5; and for the 99 extracardiac Fontan patients, the average total fibrosis was 2.7 ± 1.7 (p = 0.48). For the lateral tunnel Fontan patients, the average Fontan duration was 20 ± 6 years; and for the 99 extracardiac Fontan patients, the average Fontan duration was 11 ± 5 years... (See full abstract in article).
Fontan; Hepatic fibrosis; Hepatic biopsy; Cardiac catheterization
Cardiology | Pediatrics
Evans, W. N.,
Acherman, R. J.,
Mayman, G. A.,
Winn, B. J.,
Yumiaco, N. S.,
The Rate of Hepatic Fibrosis Progression in Patients Post-Fontan.