What is right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction/pulmonary valve replacement?

Also known as: RVOT reconstruction, cardiac surgery, heart catheterization, valve replacement.

The right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) is that part of the heart that carries blood out of the right ventricle to the lungs. Problems with the RVOT (like pulmonary atresia and pulmonary valve stenosis) are common among children with congenital heart defects, and many corrective surgeries for congenital heart defects, and dilatation of the RVOT can cause pulmonary artery valve insufficiency. RVOT reconstruction is a surgical repair of the RVOT. Frequently, a pulmonary valve will also need to be replaced as part of the reconstruction of the heart.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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