Systemic-to-pulmonary collateral flow, as measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, is associated with acute post-fontan clinical outcomes

Andrew C. Glatz, Jonathan J. Rome, Adam J. Small, Matthew J. Gillespie, Yoav Dori, Matthew A. Harris, Marc S. Keller, Mark A. Fogel, Kevin K. Whitehead

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Background-Systemic-pulmonary collateral (SPC) flow occurs commonly in single ventricle patients after superior cavo-pulmonary connection, with unclear clinical significance. We sought to evaluate the association between SPC flow and acute post-Fontan clinical outcomes using a novel method of quantifying SPC flow by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. Methods and Results-All patients who had SPC flow quantified by CMR imaging before Fontan were retrospectively reviewed to assess for acute clinical outcomes after Fontan completion. Forty-four subjects were included who had Fontan completion between May 2008 and September 2010. SPC flow prior to Fontan measured 1.5±0.9 L/min/m2, accounting for 31±11% of total aortic flow and 44±15% of total pulmonary venous flow. There was a significant linear association between natural log-transformed duration of hospitalization and SPC flow as a proportion of total aortic (rho=0.31, P=0.04) and total pulmonary venous flow (rho=0.29, P=0.05). After adjustment for Fontan type and presence of a fenestration, absolute SPC flow was significantly associated with hospital duration ≥7 days (odds ratio [OR]=9.2, P=0.02) and chest tube duration ≥10 days (OR=22.7, P=0.009). Similar associations exist for SPC flow as a percentage of total aortic (OR=1.09, P=0.048 for hospitalization ≥7 days; OR=1.24, P=0.007 for chest tube duration ≥10 days) and total pulmonary venous flow (OR=1.07, P=0.048 for hospitalization ≥7 days; OR=1.18, P=0.006 for chest tube duration ≥10 days). Conclusions-Increasing SPC flow before Fontan, as measured by CMR imaging, is associated with increased duration of hospitalization and chest tube following Fontan completion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Aortopulmonary collaterals
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Fontan procedure
  • Outcomes
  • Single ventricle


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