What is PAPVR repair?

Also known as: Partially anomalous pulmonary venous return repair, PAPVR repair.

Pulmonary veins are blood vessels that deliver oxygenated blood from the lungs into the left side of the heart. Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) is a heart defect that is sometimes present at birth, in which one or two of the pulmonary veins of the heart drain blood into the right atrium instead of the left atrium. This causes the oxygen-rich blood to flow back to the lungs instead of the rest of the body, which can cause a number of complications. PAPVR repair is a surgery performed to fix the problem.


Reviewed by: Darline Santana-Acosta, MD

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