Hypoxemia can be an early life-threatening complication of orthotopic heart transplantation. Commonly, hypoxemia after orthotopic heart transplantation is due to pulmonary hypertension or pulmonary complications. Rarely, structural defects either in the donor or recipient heart can lead to life-threatening hypoxemia. This case illustrates hypoxemia after orthotopic heart transplantation caused by the development of a right-to-left shunt through a patent foramen ovale in the recipient which had preoperatively been hemodynamically insignificant. The refractory hypoxemia required emergency surgical correction of the patent foramen ovale within the first postoperative week. In addition, this case illustrates the unique application of different methods of echocardiograms providing noninvasive diagnosis of structural defects in orthotopic heart transplantation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine