For a 5-year-old with total anomalous pulmonary venous return and a univentricular heart, 3-D printing was the only way to assess if repair was doable. This one-minute captioned video explains.
A 10-year-old presented with protein-losing enteropathy due to a failed Fontan circuit. Could we convert his heart back into a biventricular repair by rerouting the intracardiac anatomy?
Advances in 3-D printing permit creation of patient-specific navigation (PSN) guides that conform to complex biological shapes, helping surgeons rapidly and accurately place pedicle screws. Cleveland Clinic researchers investigated coupling PSN with an algorithm to improve fixation strength.
A 3-D-printed heart replica guides surgical planning to improve oxygen saturations in a deeply cyanosed boy with heterotaxy syndrome marked by a host of complex congenital heart defects.
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A newly presented proof-of-concept study has demonstrated the feasibility of functional assessment of a 3-D-printed aortic valve. Here’s how it promises to aid management of atypical aortic stenosis cases.