Creation of a large atrial septal defect without cardiopulmonary bypass as a palliative procedure for complete transposition of the great arteries.
The creation of a large atrial septal defect – excision of the atrial septum – without cardiopulmonary bypass – as a palliative procedure for complete transposition of the great arteries (transpositio vasorum). Used where shunting and mixing of blood at the atrial level is necessary for survival and growth.
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