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There is no role for routine annual echocardiography in patients with repaired dextro-transposition of the great arteries without other cardiac anomalies
  1. Thomas Rance1,
  2. Amanda Jane Friend1,2
  1. 1 Paediatrics, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK
  2. 2 School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amanda Jane Friend, Paediatrics, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; amanda.friend{at}

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Study design

Design: Single-centre retrospective analysis.

Study question

Setting: A tertiary paediatric cardiology unit in the USA.

Patients: 149 patients with a diagnosis of dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) who underwent an arterial switch operation (ASO) from January 1984 to January 2015 and had adequate follow-up data available. These included diagnoses of d-TGA without any other anomalies with an intact ventricular septum (d-TGA IVS) and d-TGA with other anatomical anomalies (complex d-TGA). Patients who presented with clinical symptoms and signs were excluded, as this study was solely to evaluate routine echocardiography in asymptomatic patients.

Intervention: Routine …

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  • Contributors TR wrote the initial paper. AJF edited and revised the manuscript.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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