Repair of partial atrioventricular septal defect: a 37-year experience Academic Article uri icon


  • Partial atrioventricular septal defect (pAVSD) is routinely repaired with a low mortality. However, limited data are available on the long-term follow-up of these patients. The current study was designed to determine long-term survival and morbidity of a large cohort of patients operated on at a single institution.From 1975 to 2012, 249 consecutive patients underwent pAVSD repair at the Royal Children's Hospital. The follow-up data were obtained from hospital records, correspondence with cardiologists and primary care physicians, patient surveys and the state death registry.The early mortality rate was 1.2% (3/249), while the long-term survival rate was 96% (95% CI: 93-98%) at 10 years and 94% (95% CI: 89-97%) at 30 years. Freedom from reoperation was 84% at 10 years and 75% at 30 years. The most common reoperations were left atrioventricular valve surgery (30/249, 12.1%), resection of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (12/249, 4.8%) and closure of residual atrial septal defects (5/249, 2.0%). Implantation of a permanent pacemaker was required in 3.2% (8/249) of patients. Despite a substantial reoperation rate, only 43% of patients older than 18 years of age were seen by a cardiologist within the most recent 2 years of the study period, compared with 80% of those younger than 18 years (P < 0.001).Repair of pAVSD is performed with a low mortality and excellent long-term survival. However, a substantial reoperation rate warrants close follow-up into adulthood.


  • Buratto, E
  • McCrossan, B
  • Galati, JC
  • Bullock, A
  • Kelly, A
  • d'Udekem, Y
  • Brizard, CP
  • Konstantinov, IE

publication date

  • 2015